Fatah activists on Wednesday staged a protest outside the office of the Qatari
Al Jazeera TV station in Ramallah after an interviewee bad mouthed Yasser Arafat
during a heated debate.
The protesters demanded the closure of the bureau
and called on Palestinian journalists employed by Al Jazeera to
Palestinian Authority policemen stopped the angry demonstrators
from storming the offices of the TV station.
The activists called on the
PA leadership and institutions to boycott the station.
Some of the
protesters carried placards depicting Al Jazeera as a “Zionist”
The protest erupted after a London-based Palestinian political
analyst, Ibrahim Hamami, denounced Arafat as a traitor during a debate broadcast
on Al Jazeera.
Hamami is known for his staunch criticism of the PA
The Fatah-affiliated Palestinian Journalists Syndicate
strongly condemned Al Jazeera for “smearing the symbol of Palestinian national
struggle and the founder of the modern Palestinian revolution.”
syndicate demanded an apology from Al Jazeera and expressed opposition to any
assault on the station or its staff.
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