State terrorism

Tehran – On Wednesday morning, Al-Jazeera reported on its Telegram channel that Israeli forces attacked Jenin camp and surrounded a house in al-Jabriyat neighborhood.

Al-Jazeera first reported in a breaking story that its correspondent, Shirin Abu Akleh, was shot and wounded by the Israeli army while covering the Israeli army attack on the camp, but announced his martyrdom a few minutes later.

The veteran Al-Jazeera journalist was martyred while wearing a press uniform and helmet.

According to initial reports, the Israeli sniper managed to shoot her in the head and the bullet hit the lower part of the journalist’s ear, which was not covered by her helmet.

Eyewitnesses also said Israeli soldiers blocked an ambulance from reaching the crime scene.

The action of the Israeli forces, contrary to international law, was aimed at preventing the media from fulfilling their mission.

Local witnesses in Jenin said the shooting at Shireen Abu Akleh was intentional.

In a statement, Al Jazeera said Abu Akleh had been “murdered in cold blood” and called on the international community to hold Israeli forces accountable.

In a video posted on social media, Abu Akleh’s colleague described the details of the tragic event. “At 6:30 a.m., a vehicle carrying a group of journalists arrived at the first roundabout in the Jenin refugee camp.

They were there to cover an Israeli raid on the camp, and a number of Israeli snipers were stationed on the rooftops

Shireen Abu Akleh got out of the vehicle, wearing a helmet and body armor clearly marked PRESS. An Israeli sniper fired at him, hitting him just below his ear. She fell close to a wall and the shooting continued, preventing other journalists from reaching her. His colleague, Ali al-Samoudi, was also shot in the back,” he said.

He then added that they had both been transferred to Ibn Sina Hospital in Jenin, and that his death had been announced there.

“Don’t believe the Israeli lies about ‘the firefight’. Don’t fall for the meaningless wording of titles.

It was the targeted killing of a journalist by Israel, which they have done with impunity time and time again. It’s standard procedure for them at this point,” he noted.

Later in the day, Al-Jazeera correspondent reported that Israeli occupation police stormed Abu Akleh’s house in Jerusalem and are now dispersing the gathering in its surroundings.

The scandalous crime of killing this veteran journalist committed by the Israeli army provoked numerous reactions from Palestinian institutions, the Palestinian Authority, media and judicial institutions, and many countries, some of which are close allies of the regime.

In a statement, the French Foreign Ministry said the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh is very shocking.
“We condemn him and demand a transparent investigation into the circumstances of the murder,” he added.

The Palestinian Authority condemned the Israeli operation and blamed the Israeli government for the scandal.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh and Speaker of the Palestinian National Assembly Rouhi Fattouh condemned the decision of the Israeli forces and offered their condolences for the martyrdom of Abu Akleh.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry also wrote that Israel’s demand for an investigation into the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh is an outrageous attempt to eliminate this crime.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Al-Jazeera, Human Rights Watch, the Iranian, Jordanian and Dutch Foreign Ministries, Hezbollah, the Union of Iraqi Journalists and the The Al-Hashd al-Shabi organization are among other parties condemning Israel’s brutal atrocities and have expressed their condolences and demanded that the perpetrators of this crime be brought to justice.

In an effort to refute the truth, the Israeli army announced that it had made an offer to the Palestinian Authority to conduct a joint investigation into how the Al Jazeera correspondent was shot dead.

Israeli army spokesman Ran Kochav said Tel Aviv had offered the Palestinians to jointly investigate the details of the murder of Abu Akleh in the Jenin camp on Wednesday morning.

Kochav claimed that, contrary to what Arab media reported, early estimates indicated that the journalist was shot dead by Palestinian gunmen in the Jenin camp.

He also claimed that Israel had worked with the journalist for many years and that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) attached great importance to freedom of the press!

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also claimed that according to available information, there was a high probability that Palestinian gunmen killed the Al-Jazeera journalist in an indiscriminate shooting.

Also, in a tweet posted Wednesday midday, Yair Lapid, the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs declared: “We have proposed to the Palestinians a joint pathological investigation into the sad death of journalist Shireen Abu Aqla. Journalists must be protected in conflict zones and we all have a responsibility to find out the truth. Israeli security forces will continue to operate wherever necessary to prevent terrorism and the killing of Israelis.

This only means one thing: the Israelis will continue to kill members of the press, as well as ordinary citizens, including women and children.

Among the many reactions to Israel’s brutal act, the deafening silence of officials in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia is remarkable. Countries that have normalized their relations with the Israeli regime support this child-killing regime to continue its aggressions against all those who attempt to portray Israel’s atrocities faithfully.

Even the US Embassy in Quds has called for a full investigation into the martyrdom and injuries of two Al Jazeera journalists in support of Israel’s plan to investigate.

“We are saddened by the murder of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and call for a full investigation into the circumstances of her murder and the injuries of another journalist in Jenin,” the US Embassy statement said.

Israel is more isolated than ever!

Thelma J. Longworth