Hamas Broadcasting Cut in Europe

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JERUSALEM, Israel - A European satellite provider for Hamas television will halt the station's broadcasts to Europe within 48 hours.

The France-based Norsat satellite provider informed al-Aksa television director Mohammed Thuraya overnight that it is dropping the station because of its "incitement to hatred."

"We were told that the reason behind the decision to stop broadcasting al-Aksa was "incitement to hatred," without any explanation Thuraya told AFP.

"This is the unfair result of pressure from the Zionist lobby on the American administration, which in turn pressured France and [Paris-based satellite provider] Eutelsat," he said.

Eutelsat dropped al-Aksa last week, following warnings by the EU of the station's anti-Semitic programming.

According to Thuraya, Hamas will lose 70 percent of its viewers in Europe, north Africa and parts of the Gulf is their broadcasting is cut.

Thuraya said the decision had "no legal or moral justification."

Israel has long pointed out that Hamas TV's children's programming indoctrinates pre-schoolers to hate Jews and aspire to martyrdom as suicide bombers.

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