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Hizbullah Assists Palestinian Violence via Satellite

Hizbullah has been assisting the Palestinians during their three month uprising through television broadcasting via a satellite that they set up on the eve of Israel's redeployment from southern Lebanon, HA'ARETZ reported. The satellite has transformed the Hizbullah television station Al-Manar into the "station of the Intifada," according to deputy head of Hizbullah Sheikh Naim Kassem.

During recent weeks, the station's programming has changed from airing images of Hizbullah terrorists detonating explosive devices against Israel Defense Forces troops to broadcasting images of Palestinian violence. As a result of the sustained clashes, the station has expended its daily broadcasts from 4 to 18 hours or more per day. The broadcasts can also be viewed in Europe, Africa and the United States as well as via Hizbullah's revamped website. The station broadcasts several newscasts every day to compete with other Arab satellite stations established over the past four years that have caused a revolution in Arab communication.

The IDF intelligence branch believes that Palestinian resistance organizations and Hizbullah have been coordinating their activities for a prolonged period. Recently, the resistance organizations have claimed responsibility, through Al-Manar, for various attacks against Israel.


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