Wednesday, July 15, 2009; 8:51
AMRAMALLAH, West Bank
The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday banned Al-Jazeera television from operating in its territory and threatened legal action over allegations it broadcast against President Mahmoud Abbas.
The Information Ministry said the Qatar-based Arabic news channel spread falsehoods and incited viewers against the authorities that run the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
The ministry said allegations carried on Al-Jazeera on Tuesday and attributed to a senior figure in Abbas’ Fatah party, Farouq al-Qadoumi, were untrue.