Israel has decided to impose sanctions on al-Jazeera staff working in the Jewish state, after the influential pan-Arab TV station held a party for released Lebanese child-killer Samir Kuntar.
The party, held in Beirut, was organized by the al-Jazeera bureau there to honor Kuntar. Kuntar, 45, was freed by Israel last week as part of a controversial prisoner swap. He had been serving several life sentences for murdering four Israelis, including a four-year-old girl whose head he bashed in with a rifle butt and a rock. He has shown no remorse for his crimes and said he would “proudly do them again.”
“We are freezing all GPO services until such time that we receive a reasonable explanation from al-Jazeera,” Danny Seaman, director of the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), tells me.
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(Above, Kuntar makes a Nazi-like salute at a rally in his honor in Beirut last week.)
Meanwhile, David Shriki, an Israeli who was wounded in a little reported terror attack in Jerusalem 12 days ago, died of his wounds this morning.