Israeli military deliberately shot journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, conclude Palestinian authorities. The Palestinian Attorney General has announced the results of the investigation into the death of the Al Jazeera journalist.
The 51-year-old Abu Akleh was shot in the head on May 11. She was recognizable as a journalist at the time and was wearing protective clothing. The incident occurred in a raid by Israeli soldiers in the city of Jenin on the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
“Only the occupying forces fired, with the aim of killing,” the Palestinian Attorney General said at a press conference. According to him, there were no militants around, as Israeli authorities say. The woman was shot on the run and the military shooters must have seen that she was a journalist, reads the Attorney Generals final conclusion.
The Israeli army firmly rejects the research results. Defense Minister Gantz speaks of a “shameless lie”. According to the authorities, there are two options: the woman was hit by Palestinian militants, or accidentally by an Israeli soldier who wanted to take out such armed militants.
The army leadership thinks it knows which gun may have affected the journalist, reports AP. To be sure, the bullets need to be compared and examined. But the Palestinian authorities refuse to hand over the bullets to Israel. That is why there is a stalemate: without a bullet, it cannot be determined who fired the fatal shot.
CNN also recently concluded that Israeli soldiers have targeted shooting at Abu Akleh. The US news channel states that based on discussions with experts, eyewitnesses and analyses of available audio and video.
Heres a summary of that CNN report:
The American news agency AP also considers it very likely that Israeli soldiers shot Abu Akleh. But without analysis of the bullet, there is no way to say for sure.
The Palestinians are not even going to share photos of the bullet, the Attorney General said today. They say they want to “deprive Israel of the possibility of a new lie”.
Report to The Hague
The findings of the investigation report will be shared, among other things, with the International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC). Last year, the ICC opened an investigation into possible war crimes committed in the Palestinian territories.
It is highly questionable whether it will ever become clear who is responsible for Abu Aklehs death. Israel is most likely not launching a criminal investigation, Israeli media wrote last week.