Palestinians Mourn Al Jazeera Journalist They Say Israeli Soldiers Killed

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Thousands gathered to mourn a slain Al Jazeera journalist successful the occupied West Bank metropolis of Ramallah connected Thursday, arsenic the caput of the Palestinian Authority blamed Israel for her decease and rejected Israeli calls for a associated investigation.

Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American newsman who covered the Mideast struggle for much than 25 years, was changeable dormant Wednesday during an Israeli subject raid successful the West Bank municipality of Jenin. Journalists who were with her, including 1 who was changeable and wounded, said Israeli forces fired upon them adjacent though they were intelligibly identifiable arsenic reporters.

Israel says it is investigating the incident. It initially suggested she mightiness person been changeable by Palestinian militants, without providing evidence, but has since backtracked. Israel is calling for a associated probe with the Palestinian Authority, which administers parts of the West Bank and cooperates with it connected security.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends the ceremonial   procession of seasoned  Al Jazeera writer  Shireen Abu Akleh astatine  the Palestinian presidency office  successful  Ramallah, West Bank connected  May 12, 2022. Abu Akleh, 51, was changeable  dormant   portion    covering an Israeli raid successful  Jenin.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends the ceremonial procession of seasoned Al Jazeera writer Shireen Abu Akleh astatine the Palestinian presidency office successful Ramallah, West Bank connected May 12, 2022. Abu Akleh, 51, was changeable dormant portion covering an Israeli raid successful Jenin.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas angrily rejected that proposal, saying “we clasp the Israeli concern authorities afloat liable for sidesplitting her.”

“They cannot fell the information with this crime,” Abbas said successful an code arsenic her assemblage laic successful authorities with a Palestinian emblem draped implicit it successful the West Bank metropolis of Ramallah, wherever the Palestinian Authority is headquartered.

“They are the ones who committed the crime, and due to the fact that we bash not spot them, we volition instantly spell to the International Criminal Court,” Abbas said.

The ICC launched an investigation into imaginable Israeli warfare crimes implicit a twelvemonth ago. Israel has rejected that probe arsenic being biased against it.

Hussein al-Sheikh, a elder adjutant to Abbas, said that the Palestinians would behaviour their ain autarkic probe and convey the results “with precocious transparency.” He rejected an Israeli petition to behaviour its ain ballistic investigation connected the bullet.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett accused the Palestinians of denying Israel “access to the basal findings required to get to the truth.” He called connected the Palestinian Authority to not instrumentality “any steps to disrupt the probe oregon to contaminate the probe process.”

Abu Akleh was killed portion covering an Israeli subject raid successful Jenin, which has emerged arsenic a militant bastion successful caller weeks arsenic Palestinians person carried retired a bid of deadly attacks and Israel has launched subject raids crossed the occupied West Bank.

The Qatar-based Al Jazeera accused Israel of deliberately sidesplitting her and vowed to instrumentality ineligible action. Reporters who were with her said determination were nary Palestinian militants successful the area.

A writer  mourns pursuing  the sidesplitting  of Al-Jazeera writer  Shireen Abu Akleh astatine  a infirmary  successful  the West Bank metropolis  of Jenin, May 11, 2022. The Palestinian Health Ministry said successful  a connection    that the newsman  was changeable  portion    covering an Israeli subject   raid and died soon  after, adding that different  Palestinian newsman  was changeable  successful  the backmost  during the raid. The ministry said Israeli troops changeable  Abu Akleh.
A writer mourns pursuing the sidesplitting of Al-Jazeera writer Shireen Abu Akleh astatine a infirmary successful the West Bank metropolis of Jenin, May 11, 2022. The Palestinian Health Ministry said successful a connection that the newsman was changeable portion covering an Israeli subject raid and died soon after, adding that different Palestinian newsman was changeable successful the backmost during the raid. The ministry said Israeli troops changeable Abu Akleh.

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Israeli officials initially suggested Abu Akleh was struck by militant occurrence and released a video showing gunmen firing astatine Israeli forces successful a constrictive alley wrong the Jenin exile camp. They aboriginal backtracked aft an Israeli quality rights radical released its ain video showing the tract of the shooting was respective 100 meters distant from wherever Abu Akleh was killed.

Her decease was met with an outpouring of grief crossed the Arab world. The 51-year-old was well-known arsenic a seasoned on-air analogous for Al Jazeera’s Arabic-language channel. Her reporting shed airy connected the harsh realities of Israeli subject rule, which is good into its sixth decennary with nary extremity successful sight. She was besides a U.S. citizen.

Her assemblage was to beryllium brought to Jerusalem, wherever she was born, for burial connected Friday.

The sidesplitting sparked planetary condemnation and wide calls for accountability. U.N. Secretary General Antonio Gutteres called for an “an autarkic and transparent investigation” to guarantee those liable are held to account.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz connected Wednesday promised specified an inquiry, saying helium was successful interaction with U.S. and Palestinian officials and hoped for practice betwixt Israel and the Palestinians.

“We are trying to fig retired precisely what happened,” helium said. “I don’t person last conclusions.”

Abu Akleh’s decease could gully caller scrutiny of Israel’s subject justness system, which is being examined arsenic portion of the ICC probe. It besides threatened to further strain often rocky relations betwixt the service and the planetary media.

Rights groups accidental Israel rarely follows done connected investigations of deadly encounters with Palestinians, and that erstwhile it does, it often hands down lenient punishments.

Her decease comes amid a question of Israeli-Palestinian unit that has been fueled by tensions astatine a cardinal Jerusalem beatified site.

At slightest 18 radical person been killed successful Palestinian attacks successful caller weeks, arsenic good arsenic much than 30 Palestinians, astir of them progressive successful attacks oregon clashes with Israeli forces. Among the slain Palestinians were an unarmed pistillate and astatine slightest 2 evident passersby, fueling disapproval that Israel often uses excessive force.

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Krauss reported from Jerusalem. Associated Press writer Ilan Ben Zion successful Jerusalem contributed.

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