World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli military forces stormed a publishing house in Ramallah in the early hours of Wednesday and ordered its managers not to print or distribute any Gaza-based newspapers in the occupied West Bank, arguing that such newspapers "incite violence against Israel."
Israeli authorities ordered the confiscation of the Al-Resala, Palestine and Al-Istiklal newspapers, which Ramallah's Al-Ayam publishing house began printing a few weeks ago, according to a Wednesday statement issued by Al-Ayam.
The statement added that the publishing house's managers had received "clear threats" that Israeli authorities would take "firm action" to prevent the printing and distribution of the three newspapers in the West Bank.
"This is a continuation of the [Israeli] occupation's policy of blatantly trampling on the rights of the Palestinian Authority and freedom of the press," read the Al-Ayam statement.
In a statement, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate also decried the confiscation of the newspapers, saying the move came amid "continued Israeli restrictions on the Palestinian press."
Under a recent reconciliation deal between rivals Fatah and Hamas, which control the West Bank and Gaza Strip respectively, negotiators from the two groups agreed to allow the distribution of Gaza-based newspapers in the West Bank and vice versa.
Last month, Hamas and Fatah hammered out a reconciliation deal aimed at ending rifts that have marred their relations since 2007, when Hamas routed pro-Fatah troops and seized control of the entire Gaza Strip.
The deal calls for the formation of a national unity government to serve until legislative and presidential polls can be held in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.Last Mod: 28 Mayıs 2014, 16:10