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you were not Sherine Abu Aqleh, veteran reporter for Al Jazeera TVShe entered her 51st year only months ago when she was assassinated on Wednesday (May 11, 2022) in the West Bank city of Jenin, which is considered a stronghold of Palestinian militants. Shirin was there and covered an IDF operation, wearing a helmet and a protective jacket that clearly indicated she was a journalist.

The Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority agreed that her death was a tragedy, but after that they parted ways. Over the past few days, strong accusations have been issued against the Israeli government, either by the Palestinian side or by Al-Jazeera in Qatar. “We hold the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for the killings, and it will not be possible to hide the truth about this crime,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said at a memorial service in Ramallah on Thursday.

The Israeli prime minister, Naftali Bennett, has denied allegations of this nature the previous day, saying: “Based on the preliminary information we have, there is a high probability that the journalist was shot dead by Palestinian armed men. To tell the truth. there must be a proper investigation. “

Mahmoud Abbas has held Israel responsible for the assassination of Shereen Abu, and the Palestinian Authority wants to take him to the International Criminal Court

Rejection of a joint investigation

Palestinian Authority refuses to act joint investigation With the Israeli authorities for “lack of confidence”, she would rather go to the International Criminal Court, she said. The Palestinian Authority also refuses to hand over the bullet that hit Shireen Abu Akleh to Israel for forensic investigation.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that Shirin was apparently killed by a 5.56 mm bullet, probably fired from an M-16 rifle, adding that such a weapon is used by both the Israeli army and Palestinian militants.

There were several journalists other than Shereen who covered in the Jenin camp, including Palestinian journalist Ali Al-Samudi, who was seriously injured after being shot. Al-Samudi has made strong accusations against the Israeli army, claiming that there were no Palestinian fighters nearby when the journalists were shot. Al-Samoudi told al-Jazeera: “We were filming the Israeli army operation and suddenly we were shot without being asked to leave the area or stop filming.”

Shireen Abu Aqleh has spent half her life as a reporter for Al Jazeera (archive photo of Shireen, from Al Jazeera)

Sherine Abu Aqleh has spent half of her life as a reporter for Al Jazeera

conflicting stories

The Israeli army offers a completely opposite version of Ali al-Samudi’s. According to an IDF statement posted on Twitter, the operation in Jenin was an anti-terror operation and the soldiers came under heavy fire from Palestinian armed men. “The Israeli military never intentionally targets people who do not participate in hostilities. We respect the freedom of the press and the sanctity of human life.”

On Wednesday, just hours after the death of Shireen Abu Akleh, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a video that made one most likely suspect that the fatal shot was fired by the Palestinians. The ministry tweeted: “This morning in Jenin, terrorists were heard saying, ‘They hit one of them, it’s a soldier, he fell.’ “No Israeli soldier was injured. The Palestinians, who fired indiscriminately, most likely shot journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.” A number of Israeli embassies, including those in the US and Germany, also translated and posted the tweet.

In turn, the Israeli organization B’Tselem, which is critical of the government, investigated the video clip. The NGO claimed that the video released by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs showed a scene very far from where the shooting took place. took place, took place. place. Killed a journalist Palestinian.

Dror Sadot of B’Tselem told DW that the organization was investigating the exact GPS data of the gunman and the crime scene: “We have video footage from both locations and we can show that it could not be the same incident.” Of course, this talk still does not explain who shot Shireen Abu Akleh.

Thousands attended Shireen Abu Aqleh's funeral in Jerusalem (13/5/2022)

Thousands attended Shireen Abu Aqleh’s funeral in Jerusalem, and there were clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians during the funeral.

In a statement published Friday afternoon (May 13, 2022), the Israeli military said it was not yet possible to clear the matter definitively. The statement said there were two possibilities: “Either Palestinian gunmen mistakenly shot her while firing on Israeli soldiers, or the Israeli army accidentally hit her while shooting a gunman nearby.”

Anya Koch

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