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Abby Martin Barred from Gaza Due to Israel ‘Enemy State’ Claims

Israeli officials told the teleSUR host her application for a press pass to enter the Gaza Strip was being probed due to teleSUR’s alleged ties to Iran.
Abby Martin, the host of teleSUR’s “The Empire Files” was did not have a press pass to enter the Gaza Strip approved by Israeli authorities due to what officials claimed was “some sort of collaboration between the Iranian state-run channel HispanTV and teleSUR.”
“It was no less than President Nicolas Maduro who stated last week that Telesur is a ‘sister’ of Hispan TV,” Ron Paz, the director of the Israeli foreign press department, told Martin in an email Tuesday. “What is the exact meaning of it and what are the implications of it and of other materials that we have—is what we are checking now.”
In an email on Sept. 4, Paz also told Martin that her application for a Visiting Journalist Card might not be approved if it was confirmed that “Telesur is associated with the government of Iran, an enemy country under the Israeli law.”
Martin said she was quite surprised to hear the outrageous accusation by the Israeli government that they were working on behalf of a so-called “enemy state.”
“All the U.S. journalists we have talked to here said they received their press credentials within hours – so the claim by the Israeli press office that they cannot honor our request in a timely manner is an obvious diversion,” the teleSUR host said.
teleSUR English issued a letter to Israeli authorities highlighting the fact that our channel is not associated with any other government in a manner that goes beyond the types of relations typical of other press outlets.

You can view document at the original source of this publication: Telsur

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Abby Martin and her team have been present in Israel, as well as the occupied West Bank, since late August and have been attempting to enter Gaza in order to continue work for an upcoming episode of her teleSUR program.
“I believe this is part of a larger effort by the Israeli state to hide the grim reality of their illegal occupation and expansion. We hope that the Israeli government will reconsider and allow teleSUR journalists to report on the urgent situation in the Gaza Strip,” she added.
Gaza has been under an Israeli blockade since 2008 and has witnessed three separate wars with Israeli occupation forces that claimed the lives of thousands of Palestinian civilians.
While some media outlets have been able to access the strip, Israel has been known to place many restrictions on representatives from critical media organizations wishing to enter Gaza to report on the hardships faced by the 1.5 million Gazans as a result of the Israeli air, land and sea blockade.
Source: Telsur
Ariyana Love is an Editor at The Liberty Beacon project and a TLB Director of Middle East Rising news. She is a Goodwill Ambassador to Palestine and founder of an international foundation, which promotes human rights for indigenous people and the Middle East.

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