The Palestinian Authority on Thursday rejected a request by Israel to carry out a joint investigation into the death of al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, saying it would not hand over the projectile that killed her for ballistic analysis.
Hussein Al-Sheikh, one of the top advisers to Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, indicated that the Palestinians will conduct their own independent investigation and that all parties will be informed of the “results of the investigation with the utmost transparency”.
Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, a veteran dual-national Palestinian and American journalist for the Al-Jazeera television station, was shot in the head on Wednesday in Jenin while covering an operation. Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank, wearing a bulletproof vest and helmet marked with the word “Press” in large letters. Al-Jazeera’s management and two reporters who were with the journalist blamed Israeli forces.
Israeli officials initially suggested that Shireen Abu Akleh might have been killed by Palestinian fire, but retreated hours later, saying there were “no definitive conclusions”.
News of the journalist’s death was greeted with a wave of grief across the West Bank, and today several thousand Palestinians paid their respects.
Palestinian representatives, foreign diplomats and a crowd of Palestinian citizens attended the official ceremony in Ramallah, at the Palestinian Authority’s West Bank headquarters, where her body was transported, in an urn covered with the Palestinian flag, before heading to Jerusalem, where she grew up, to be buried on Friday.
His death sparked reactions around the world, the most recent of which was that of the emir of Qatar, Tamim ben Hamas Al-Thani, who today held Israel responsible.
“I want to offer my condolences to the family of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, killed by the Israeli occupation forces”, declared the emir of Qatar during a visit to Tehran.
“It is necessary to ask the perpetrators of this heinous crime to be held accountable”, said the Qatari leader, at a joint press conference with Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi.
The Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reacted, publishing today on the social network Twitter a message that reads: “Portugal condemns the death of journalist Shireen Abu Aqla in the exercise of her duties in the West Bank, expressing sincere condolences to the family. A rigorous investigation into the incident is required. Freedom of the press and the protection of journalists in the context of conflict are fundamental”.
In turn, the Palestinian Diplomatic Mission in Portugal released today, on behalf of the ambassador, Nabil Abuznaid, a note of regret for the “murder of the veteran Palestinian journalist in the Jenin refugee camp”, indicating that anyone who wants to send condolences can do so. lo to an email created for this purpose – [email protected] – between today and next Monday, May 16th.
Shireen Abu Akleh was a familiar and respected figure in the Middle East, known for his coverage for Arab Al-Jazeera of the harsh realities of Israel’s never-ending military occupation of Palestine, now in its 55th year.
His death took place in the context of a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence fueled by tensions at an important holy site in Jerusalem. At least 18 Israelis have died in Palestinian attacks in recent weeks, while more than 30 Palestinians, most of whom were involved in attacks or clashes with Israeli forces, have also been killed. Others were unarmed and just passing by in the wrong place at the wrong time, prompting criticism of Israel that it used excessive force in its crackdown on Palestinian activists.
Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.
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