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Israel and Palestine dispute bullet that killed Al Jazeera journalist in West Bank

As the Palestinians prepare this Friday in Jerusalem to fire one of their star journalists, Shirin Abu Akle, Israel and Palestine are arguing over the bullet that killed her two days ago while covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank. Key clue that could lead to the shooter.

The Palestinian Authority on Thursday rejected an Israeli request that its officials investigate the bullet that killed Abu Akle, a 51-year-old prominent Palestinian and American reporter who worked for Al Jazeera. He died of a gunshot to the head on Wednesday in the Jenin refugee camp, a stronghold of Palestinian armed groups in the northern West Bank, where those responsible for the recent attacks in Israel came from. The Israeli army launched an operation there to detain wanted Palestinians. Ali Thomoudi, a journalist with the daily Al-Quds who was with her, was stabbed in the back but survived. He says there were three shots, presumably from a sniper: the first was lost, the second hit him, and the third killed his colleague.

Al Jazeera accused Israeli forces of “cold-blooded murder” of its prominent journalist, who was wearing a “press” body armor and a reporter’s helmet. The accusations were joined by Palestinian officials and leaders of the Arab world, supported by the testimony of several witnesses, who assure that there were no Palestinian guerrillas at the scene of the events.

Israel, while saying that Abu Akle “probably” died from Palestinian fire, said it did not rule out that the bullet was fired by its soldiers. “We need forensic evidence” from the Palestinians, including the bullet that killed the journalist, in order to conduct a “full” investigation, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said. “Maybe a Palestinian shot him… The shot could also have been fired from our end, we are investigating,” added the minister, who had previously called for a joint investigation and evaluation of the bullet in an Israeli laboratory under international control.

The Israeli authorities committed this crime and we do not trust them


Mahmoud AbbasPalestinian President

However, the Palestinian Authority rejected this possibility and assured that it would conduct an independent investigation into the death of the 51-year-old reporter. Dispute filed. Palestinian leaders say Israel cannot be trusted to investigate the killing, while Israeli officials say the Palestinians refused to provide the bullet to cover up the truth.

“This crime was committed by the Israeli authorities and we do not trust them,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abas said yesterday during a state funeral in Ramallah. Similarly, the president accused Israel of wanting to take over the International Criminal Court.

Palestinian coroners performed the first autopsy in Nablus, West Bank, shortly after Abu Akle’s death, but no final conclusion was reported.

The death of Shirin Abu Akle caused a wave of outrage, especially in the Palestinian territories and in the Arab world in general, where her reports were followed for more than two decades; but also in Europe and the USA.

A portrait of the journalist, the seventh killed in the Palestinian territories since 2018, was waved at rallies in Turkey, Sudan and Lebanon and projected onto a building in Doha, Qatar, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF). On the roof of a building in Ramallah’s central square, a huge poster now features a portrait of the journalist, accompanied by a sober message: “Farewell Shirin, farewell voice of Palestine.”



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