Palestinian police shut West Bank radio station
November 28th, 2009 - 9:43 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.
Palestinian police closed a radio station in the West Bank after Israel charged that the broadcasts interfered with Israeli military and airport communications, a Palestinian security source said yesterday. Majdi al-Arabid, owner of the al-Hariya station, said Palestinian forces had arrested him and kept him in custody for a day when he refused their orders to shut the station, then freed him on bail on Friday.
The stationís broadcasts are pro-Fatah, the secular Palestinian movement headed by President Mahmoud Abbas. Once based in the coastal Gaza Strip, al-Arabid moved the station to the West Bank when Hamas Islamists seized Gaza in 2007.