Biden calls for “full” light on journalist Abu Akleh's death

Biden calls for bringing “full” light to the death of journalist Abu Akleh

Young Palestinian voices support for Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, as US President Joe Biden visits the hospital Augusta Victoria, in Jerusalem.

US President Joe Biden on Friday called for “full” light to be shed on the death of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed last May while covering an Israeli military operation in the occupied West Bank.

At a joint press briefing with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem in the West Bank, Biden paid tribute to the vital work of Qatar's top Al Jazeera reporter.

The UN, the Palestinian Authority of Mr. Abbas and various media in particular maintain that the fatal shot came from the weapon of an Israeli soldier, a scenario deemed probable by the United States which investigated the bullet, but ruled out the possibility of a deliberate shot, which upset the Abu Akleh family and the Palestinians.

On Friday, President American also defended the possibility of a political horizon for the Palestinian people, despite the fact, according to him, that the conditions were not met at this stage to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, to the point dead since 2014.

“We will never give up working for peace.

—Joe Biden, President of the United States

There must be a political horizon that the Palestinian people can at least see or feel for the future. We cannot allow desperation to mortgage the future, Biden said at a joint press briefing with the Palestinian president.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held a press conference with his American counterpart Joe Biden, in Bethlehem, West Bank .

Mr. Biden also advocated for an independent Palestinian state with territorial continuity.

Abbas insisted on political measures to end apartheid in the Occupied Territories.

He also asked Mr. Biden to reopen the American consulate for the Palestinians in Jerusalem, closed under the administration of Donald Trump, and to blame Israel for the death of Shireen Abu Akleh.

On another note, Mr. Biden announced a plan to deploy 4G in the West Bank in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave under Israeli blockade, where respectively 3G and 2G reign.

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