…from Al Jazeera
[ Editor’s Note: Now we have the IDF shooting media people who are filming protests so that they cannot film the protest anymore. As they were in a group of five and as multiple shots were used, there can be no claim of an accidental discharge or stray bullet.
Why did the Israelis do this? Simply because they know they can, and nothing will be done about it. It is unthinkable that its troops would do this on their own volition without prior approval.
Israeli officials have been doing this stuff so long, it’s just another day at the office for them. Some slight protest might be issued by the US, but certainly no sanctions, no US aid canceled, no trips to the US by Israeli military officials. Business will continue to go on like this never happened.
Flip the coin to where we have the same thing happen to two Israeli journalists and watch the shitstorm that would flow through world media about a new holocaust being attempted.
I would judge the likelihood of the Israeli military not knowing who did this to be zero. They have a long history of carefully monitoring such events, so if something happens, then they have a record of it.
The good news with the bad event below is that it sure as hell will not be swept under the table. It’s a PR disaster for the IDF and the Israeli government… Jim W. Dean ]
More News Headlines on incident
- Shireen Abu Akleh remembered as one of Arab world’s leading journalists.
- American ambassador to the UN calls Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing ‘really horrifying’; State Department spokesperson says ‘those responsible must be held accountable’
- Abbas says reporter’s death will go to the ICC so Israel doesn’t ‘go unpunished’.
- At memorial event for Shireen Abu Akleh, PA leader says he doesn’t trust Israel, won’t cooperate on probe.
- srael continues to urge joint investigation to find who fired fatal shot.
- Minister on probe into reporter’s death: ‘Israel’s credibility not the highest’.
- Hundreds gather in Israeli cities to protest death of Al Jazeera reporter
First published May 12, 2022
Ramallah, Occupied West Bank – Israeli forces have shot dead Al Jazeera’s journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the occupied West Bank, according to witnesses and the Palestinian health ministry.
Abu Akleh, a longtime TV correspondent for Al Jazeera Arabic, was killed on Wednesday while covering Israeli army raids in the city of Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank.
She was rushed to a hospital in Jenin in critical condition, where she was declared dead shortly after, at 7:15am (4:15 GMT), according to the Palestinian health ministry.
Abu Akleh was wearing a press vest and was standing with other journalists when she was killed. Another Al Jazeera journalist, Ali al-Samoudi, was also wounded by a bullet in the back at the scene. He is now in stable condition.
The head of the medicine department at al-Najah University in Nablus confirmed that Abu Akleh was shot in the head. He said that her body was transferred for an autopsy based on an order from the public prosecution.
Abu Akleh’s body was carried out of the university coated in a Palestinian flag, after which she will be taken to the Istishari Hospital in Ramallah.
An official funeral will be held for her tomorrow morning at the Palestinian presidency headquarters in Ramallah.
Al-Samoudi and other journalists at the scene said there were no Palestinian fighters present when the journalists were shot, directly disputing an Israeli statement referencing the possibility that it was Palestinian fire.
“We were going to film the Israeli army operation and suddenly they shot us without asking us to leave or stop filming,” said al-Samoudi.
…“The first bullet hit me and the second bullet hit Shireen … there was no Palestinian military resistance at all at the scene.”
Shatha Hanaysha, a local journalist who was standing next to Abu Akleh when she was shot, also told Al Jazeera that there had been no confrontations between Palestinian fighters and the Israeli army. She said the group of journalists had been directly targeted.
“We were four journalists, we were all wearing vests, all wearing helmets,” Hanaysha said. “The [Israeli] occupation army did not stop firing even after she collapsed. I couldn’t even extend my arm to pull her because of the shots being fired. The army was adamant on shooting to kill.”