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Agence France Presse

Easter Sunday, March 31, 2002

Israelis Said Running Porn On Seized TV Channels

(AFP) - Israeli troops who have taken over three Palestinian television stations in Ramallah are broadcasting pornographic movies and programs in Hebrew, irate residents say.

Soldiers occupied the offices of three local television and radio stations on Saturday morning, and started broadcasting the porn clips intermittently on Saturday afternoon on the Al-Watan, Ammwaj, and Al-Sharaq channels, the residents said.

"I have six children at home; they have nowhere to go with what is going on here and can't even watch TV," Reema, a Palestinian mother, said.

"It's not healthy really. I think the Israelis want to mess with our young men's heads."

Anita, a mother of three, complained about "the deliberate psychological damage caused by these broadcasts".

"I am furious. These are the people who are shooting at us that also play this disgusting trick on us," she said from her house in east Jerusalem, where the channels are also available. "Luckily, there is no electricity in half of Ramallah."

A fourth local station, whose premises were not seized by the army, ran a message across its screen letting people know it was the Israelis who were behind the graphic scenes.

The Israeli military denied that it had anything to do with the pornographic programming and instead blamed the Palestinian leaders.

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