Journalist killed: Washington remains deaf to the call for an independent investigation

Journalist Killed: Washington Remains Deaf to Call for Independent Investigation

Shireen Abu Akleh, pictured here in Jerusalem, has become known across the Middle East for her reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The family of American-Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, killed last May, urged Antony Blinken on Tuesday to hold Israel to account, but the head of American diplomacy remained deaf to calls for an independent investigation.

Relatives of the journalist, killed while covering an Israeli military operation in the occupied West Bank, traveled to Washington at the invitation of Mr. Blinken after trying unsuccessfully to meet with President Joe Biden during his recent visit to Israel and the Occupied Territories.

We continue to demand accountability and demand justice for Shireen, the journalist's niece, Lina Abu Akleh, told AFP when she left the State Department after an interview of nearly 100,000 people. an hour with Mr. Blinken.

If no one is held accountable for Shireen's murder, it's kind of a green light given to other governments to kill American citizens, added the 27-year-old, who was notably accompanied by the journalist's brother, Tony.

Lina Abu Akleh said the US Secretary of State understood the family's concerns and promised to establish a better channel of communication.

But he didn't x27; has made no commitment on the family's calls for an independent US investigation into the circumstances of the journalist's death, she added.

Star of the pan-Arab channel Al-Jazeera, Shireen Abu Akleh was equipped with a bulletproof vest with the words “press” and a protective helmet when she was killed. shot in the head on May 11 in Jenin. No Palestinian fighters were near the reporter, and Israeli soldiers were stationed about 200 meters away.

On July 4, the United States concluded in a statement that she was likely killed by fire from an Israeli position, for no reason to believe that his death was intentional. The family had criticized this press release.

Asked Tuesday about the possibility of a new U.S. investigation, State Department spokesman Ned Price cited the July 4 statement, implying that for the U.S. was enough.

We believe the release of these findings demonstrates our commitment to a credible investigation, a thorough investigation and, above all, an investigation that establishes accountability, he told reporters. The IDF has procedures to prevent civilian casualties and to ensure this does not happen again, he added.

Mr. Blinken offered his deepest condolences to the family and paid tribute to Shireen Abu Akleh, a fearless, truth-seeking journalist, Price said.

Israeli police shoved Palestinians carrying the coffin of Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, during the funeral.

Israel has always denied that the Al-Jazeera journalist -Jazira was deliberately targeted. The Israeli army had initially raised the hypothesis that a Palestinian gunman was behind the shooting, before retracting.

Mr Blinken had criticized “Israeli police intrusion” at the journalist's funeral. Israeli police armed with batons had tried to disperse a crowd waving Palestinian flags. Following this intervention, the coffin almost fell from the hands of the carriers, but was caught in extremis.

Shireen Abu Akleh's family must also meet congressional officials who have called for an FBI investigation.

“If we allow Shireen's murder to be forgotten, we send the message that the lives of American citizens of the outsiders don't matter, that the lives of Palestinians who live under Israeli occupation don't matter, and that the bravest journalists in the world, those who cover the #x27;human impact of armed conflict and violence, can be sacrificed.

—Tony Abu Akleh, the journalist's brother

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