"Blatant Murder": Israel Accused of Killing Palestinian-American Reporter Covering IDF Raid

Chris Menahan
May. 11, 2022

Al Jazeera's star reporter Shireen Abu Aqla was shot in the face and killed "in cold blood" by Israeli forces while covering an IDF raid in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, according to Al Jazeera.

The Israeli government tried to blame Palestinians for her death but their story was quickly debunked.

The Israeli army backed off their story after seeding the narrative and said that "at this stage, we cannot determine by whose fire she was harmed and we regret her death."

Al Jazeera condemned the killing as a "blatant murder" and targeted assassination of a clearly marked journalist.

From Al Jazeera, "Al Jazeera condemns Israel’s killing of Shireen Abu Akleh":
In a blatant murder, violating international laws and norms, the Israeli occupation forces assassinated in cold blood Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Palestine, Shireen Abu Akleh, targeting her with live fire early this morning, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, while conducting her journalistic duty, clearly wearing a press jacket that identifies her a journalist, covering the Israeli occupation forces storming of Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank.

Al Jazeera Media Network condemns this heinous crime, which intends to only prevent the media from conducting their duty. Al Jazeera holds the Israeli government and the occupation forces responsible for the killing of Shireen. It also calls on the international community to condemn and hold the Israeli occupation forces accountable for their intentional targeting and killing of Shireen.

The Israeli authorities are also responsible for the targeting of Al Jazeera producer Ali al-Samudi, who was also shot in the back while covering the same event, and he is currently undergoing treatment.

Al Jazeera extends its sincere condolences to the family of Shireen in Palestine, and to her extended family around the world, and we pledge to prosecute the perpetrators legally, no matter how hard they try to cover up their crime, and bring them to justice.
US ambassador to Israel Thomas R. Nides responded to Abu Akleh's killing in a tweet, writing: "Very sad to learn of the death of American and Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. I encourage a thorough investigation into the circumstances of her death and the injury of at least one other journalist today in Jenin."

No doubt our Congress will respond by sending Israel another billion dollars to help them deal with the fallout from the bad PR.

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