Israeli forces shut Palestinian Islamic Jihad TV station

Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants take part in an anti-Israel rally Anti-Israel rally in the town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian Territories on Dec. 18, 2015. Photo by APAImages/REX/Shutterstock

JERUSALEM – Israeli police say forces have shut down a media organization run by Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a militant group, as part of a crackdown to curb months of violence.

Spokeswoman Luba Samri said the head of the TV station was detained in Friday’s raid. She said the outlet called for attacks on Israelis.

Israel has been struggling to contain near-daily Palestinian attacks on civilians and security forces that have killed 28 Israelis and two Americans since September. Some 179 Palestinians died by Israeli fire in that time, the majority attackers Israel says.

Israel says the violence is fueled by a campaign of Palestinian incitement spread on Palestinian media and social networking sites. Palestinians say it stems from anger at nearly five decades of Israeli rule.

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