Israel is moving ahead with its plans to ban the Qatari TV network Al Jazeera from the country.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Government Press Office (GPO) to remove Al Jazeera's Jerusalem bureau chief Walid Al Omari from a state-sponsored seminar on freedom of speech planned for Thursday, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.
"The prime minister instructed that legal steps be taken to deny press passes of all Al Jazeera journalists working in Israel and to close their offices in Israel," the GPO announced in a Facebook post.
In August, the GPO said it was going to revoke the press accreditation of a Palestinian journalist, with Israeli citizenship, after he made comments that the Israeli authorities interpreted as being supportive of the Palestinian resistance.
Elias Karram had stated on a TV network affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood that he saw his work as a journalist partly contributing to the Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation.
The Union of Journalists in Israel responded by blasting the GOP's intention to revoke Karram's press permit, calling it an "intolerable move in a democracy."