Al-Aqsa TV, run by the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), will begin broadcasting from Beirut for one hour a day to develop its capabilities outside Gaza, the local Naharnet website reported today. The Hamas Al-Aqsa TV station in Gaza was hit by Israeli troops during the 22-day Israeli attack on Gaza, according to press reports that the building of the TV station has been completely destroyed, but the station continues to broadcast from a mobile TV unit.
The Hamas-run TV station was established few years ago, and has been accused by Israel of inciting hate against Jews. Earlier this month, the French authorities prohibited the channel from broadcasting to Europe via a Eurobird satellite operated by Eutelsat, a Paris based company functioning under French law. The TV station was accused of triggering young Arab speakers in Europe to attack their Jewish neighbours and reject European values.
Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV was also prohibited from broadcasting in Europe by the French highest administrative court in 2005, because of its anti-Semitic programmes.