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May 09, 2007



thanks for you comment--I was aware that the Al Aqsa TV operation was striving to expand in imitating the Al Manar example--I was not aware that they had manage to do so in such a short time.


A few words about the history of Al Aqsa television: Hamas launched it last year as a terrestrial broadcasting station that operated inside a Gaza mosque. After less than a year it turned into a satellite channel, and shifted its operational base to Dubai’s “Media City,” far from the reach of both Israel and the Fatah (which tried to shut it down during its first months of operation). As a satellite channel, it became available not only to audiences in Arab countries but also in the Persian Gulf and even in Europe. Clearly, such expansion marks Hamas’s claim for political dominance in the region and its attempts to win the hearts of the Muslim immigrant population in Europe.

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