Slain Palestinian journalist's family: US must end Israeli impunity
The family of Shireen Abu Akleh have called on the United States to hold Israel accountable for the “killings of American citizens by Israeli soldiers”, and reiterated their demand for a full investigation into the veteran Al Jazeera journalist’s killing.
Abu Akleh, a dual Palestinian-American citizen, was killed by an Israeli sniper on May 11 while covering a military raid in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.
Despite Israeli claims, Palestinian witnesses, journalists and rights organisations said there were no armed fighters in the immediate vicinity of Abu Akleh, or any exchange of fire at the time she was shot.
Abu Akleh’s brother Tony and niece Lina have been at the forefront, demanding the US take concrete action to hold Israel accountable, and have challenged the State Department’s official early July line, which stated that the US had “found no reason to believe that [Abu Akleh’s killing] was intentional but rather the result of tragic circumstances” during an Israeli army operation against armed Palestinian factions.
Niece Lina Abu Akleh also said Secretary of State Antony Blinken and
U.S. officials declined in meetings with her this week to provide any
more information than they had already made public about how Americans
reached the findings about the killing that they released this month.
The family are set to hold a news conference at Capitol Hill later on Thursday, in their latest step to pursue justice, with members of Congress expected to be present.
The news conference comes two days after they met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington, DC. Abu Akleh was shot and killed while covering an Israeli military raid on May 11 in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.