IDF acknowledges ‘strong possibility’ of killing journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Published on: 05/09/2022 – 17:22 The Israeli investigation into the murder of Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh last May concluded that she was likely shot by an Israeli soldier. The latter had not deliberately targeted her, the Israeli army said on Monday. The Israeli army acknowledged for the first time on Monday (September 5th) that there was “a strong possibility” that the journalist of the pan-Arab channel Al-Jazeera, Shireen Abu Akleh, was killed in May by a of its soldiers. Star of Al-Jazeera, the American-Palestinian journalist was killed by bullets on May 11, while covering an Israeli military operation in the Palestinian camp of Jenin, stronghold of the Palestinian armed factions in the north of the occupied West Bank, where a special unit was trying to apprehend “suspects”, which led to armed clashes. After the death of Shireen Abu Akleh, equipped with a bulletproof vest with the words “press” and helmet, the Palestinian Authority and its employer Al-Jazeera immediately accused the Israeli army of killing her. Israel has consistently denied this accusation, despite journalistic investigations and a UN report concluding that an Israeli shot was fired, which however excluded that it was deliberate. >> To read: Shireen Abu Akleh, icon of journalism Palestinian fallen under the bullets However, on Monday, the Israeli army published the “final conclusions” of its investigation and admitted that one of its soldiers had indeed fired in the direction of the journalist by mistaking her identity: “There is a strong possibility that Mrs. Abu Akleh was accidentally hit by a shot from the Israeli army which targeted suspects identified as Palestinian armed men”. The army indicated that it had “chronologically” studied the sequence of events, analyzed the places, videos and sounds recorded on the spot, carried out a “simulation of the scene” and that “Israeli experts” had carried out a ballistic analysis of the bullet, on July 2, in the presence of representatives of the “Security Coordination Committee from the United States for Israel and the Palestinian Authority”. of the origin of the fatal shooting to the journalist.”The soldier misidentified his target and he is sorry”Like the Israeli army, the United States had concluded that Shireen Abu Akleh had “likely” been killed by fire from an Israeli position, without having any reason to believe that her death was intentional.” The soldier was not targeting an Al-Jazeera journalist or a journalist in general. […] The soldier misidentified his target and he is sorry about that,” a senior Israeli military official said in a press briefing on Monday. “It shouldn’t have happened, he didn’t do it. deliberately”, he added. This official indicated that the soldier, posted about 200 meters behind the journalist, had not seen his inscription “press” on the front of his bullet-proof vest. indicated that the journalist had been shot in the back of the head. >> See: Death of Shireen Abu Akleh: the treatment of journalists in question The Israeli military prosecutor’s office, for its part, announced on Monday that it ‘there was a suspicion of a criminal act justifying the opening of a criminal investigation by the military police’, despite the fact that there is a ‘high probability’ that Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli soldiers. The relatives of the journalist, who lived in Jerusalem, had unsuccessfully requested to meet the American president, Joe Bid in, during his July visit to the Holy City. At the invitation of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, members of the Abu Akleh family nonetheless traveled to Washington to meet with senior US officials. The Abu Akleh family on Monday accused Israeli authorities of “to avoid taking responsibility for the murder” of the journalist, in a press release released in the wake of the Israeli investigation report. “We remain deeply hurt, frustrated and disappointed,” the family said, calling for a “credible” US investigation. With AFP