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Al Jazeera in Israel says Reshet Bet inciting against the network
by Haaretz (reposted)
Sunday Jul 16th, 2006 11:23 AM
Al Jazeera said Israel Radio's Reshet Bet is inciting against the Qatar-based television network, after a team of its staff members was arrested Sunday morning in Acre.
Reshet Bet reported Sunday morning that the Al Jazeera network aired live footage of the scene of Hezbollah strikes on Haifa, which the station's broadcasters said helps Hezbollah adjust the aim of the rockets it fires on Israel.

Soon after the broadcast, Israel Police detained for questioning Al Jazeera correspondent Elias Karam and the team working with him. The team was released after an hour of questioning.

Al Jazeera manager Walid al-Omri wrote a letter to Israel Radio manager Yoni Ben Menachem in response, saying, "The incident had no basis... We view this incitement as very grave and demand it end."

Reshet Bet has not responded to Al Jazeera's allegations.

Al Jazeera, the most popular television station in the Arab world, has been working around the clock in recent days to provide coverage of the violence in Israel and Lebanon. Al Jazeera sources said on Sunday that the network strictly obeys all instructions it receives on what is permitted and forbidden to air.

"The same images [aired Sunday] were shown on other channels without any response," the sources said.