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Israel extends Al Jazeera ban by 45 days

# Israel’s telecoms regulator extended the ban on Al Jazeera’s operations for another 45 days, citing security concerns. A Tel Aviv court upheld the initial 35-day ban, which ended Saturday. The Supreme Court described the ban as precedent-setting and demanded government justification by 8 August. The news network plans to appeal, denying it incites violence. Israel’s Communications minister Shlomo Karhi claims Al Jazeera endangers national security and may extend the closure further.