Israeli NGO says journalist killed by Palestinians, not by Israeli soldier

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The top of Israeli civil rights group Shurat HaDin-Israel Legislation Middle pinned the accountability for the demise of Shireen Abu Akleh, an Al-Jazeera journalist, on Palestinian chief Mahmoud Abbas in a grievance filed with the Worldwide Legal Court docket, Every day Submit Digital can now reveal. 

“It is obvious that the PLO’s (Palestine Liberation Organization’s) terrorist gangs in Jenin are the more reasonable shooters to be suspected and held liable for the reporter’s death,” Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of Shurat HaDin-Israel Legislation Middle, who filed the swimsuit, informed Every day Submit Digital.

“Abu Mazen (Abbas) should also answer for his responsibility for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror attacks, as a whole, and the killing of the late Abu Akleh.” 

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, designated as a terrorist group by the U.S., Israel and the European Union, is the armed wing of the Fatah motion. Fatah is the ruling celebration within the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the dominant faction within the PLO. Abbas is on the similar time president PA, chairman of the PLO and chairman of Fatah. 

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Mourners hold a banner depicting slain Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh as they walk from the Old City of Jerusalem to her burial site May 13, 2022. 

Mourners maintain a banner depicting slain Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh as they stroll from the Outdated Metropolis of Jerusalem to her burial web site Might 13, 2022. 
(AP Photograph/Ariel Schalit)

Al-Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh was killed Might 11 throughout an Israel Protection Forces (IDF) raid to root out terrorists in Jenin, working underneath the umbrella of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, additionally a U.S., EU and Israel-designated terrorist group. 

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The IDF raid adopted Palestinian terrorist assaults in Israel. The demise of Abu Akleh, a U.S. citizen, has led to widespread hypothesis about who killed the journalist in the course of the heavy alternate of gunfire with accusations claiming she was deliberately hit by the Israeli troops, one thing they’ve vehemently denied.

The controversy comes per week earlier than President Biden’s deliberate go to to Israel and the area, with Abu Akleh’s tragic demise seen as being a rising level of rivalry with the Palestinians following the results of a U.S. State Division evaluation.

“Forensic analysis, independent, third-party examiners, as part of a process overseen by the U.S. Security Coordinator (USSC), could not reach a definitive conclusion regarding the origin of the bullet that killed Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh,” the State Department’s website noted. “Ballistic experts determined the bullet was badly damaged, which prevented a clear conclusion.” 

Nonetheless, the identical forensic evaluation — in what critics say appears to contradict the lack of information concerning the origin of the deadly bullet — suggests the bullet in all probability got here from an IDF place. 

In response to the State Division’s assertion, “Gunfire from IDF positions was likely responsible for the death of Shireen Abu Akleh. The USSC found no reason to believe that this was intentional.” 

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The Jerusalem Submit reported that the end result would possible result in friction between President Biden and Abbas forward of their deliberate assembly in Bethlehem subsequent week. 

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“The Biden administration deceived us,” a senior Palestinian official in Ramallah, informed the Submit. “We thought they were going to hold an independent and professional investigation. Instead, they fully endorsed the Israeli narrative.”

A poster of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Nablus. Abbas is expected to meet President Biden next week in the West Bank. 

A poster of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas within the West Financial institution metropolis of Nablus. Abbas is anticipated to satisfy President Biden subsequent week within the West Financial institution. 
(AP Photograph/Majdi Mohammed)

Every day Submit Digital despatched press queries to the PA and to its mission on the United Nations however obtained no response as of publication time.

Shurat HaDin stated it welcomes the impartial U.S. forensic evaluation’ findings, in keeping with which “the ballistic experts determined the bullet (which was provided by the PA) was badly damaged, which prevented a clear conclusion.” 

The NGO additionally famous that “due to the dubious chain of custody over the bullet, which was [initially] withheld by the PA, there are two options as to the authenticity of the bullet which was supplied by the PA to the American team: If it is the original bullet, then the PA — having their own ballistic experts — has known for months that the bullet cannot incriminate Israel and deliberately withheld it to scapegoat Israel for the death of the reporter.” 

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The second risk, Shurat HaDin continued, is that “this is not the true bullet, and an untraceable bullet was deliberately provided by the Palestinians to the investigation team.”

There at the moment are dueling authorized actions within the Worldwide Legal Court docket within the Netherlands. The Worldwide Federation of Journalists is a accomplice in a grievance lodged towards Israel for the demise of Abu Akleh, the Palestine Chronicle reported Tuesday. 

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“U.S. authorities should not rest until those responsible for the death of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh are identified and held to account,” Sherif Mansour, Center East and North Africa program coordinator for the Committee to Shield Journalists, stated Tuesday.

An Israeli army checkpoint controls the street leading to the West Bank city of Jenin April 12, 2022. 

An Israeli military checkpoint controls the road resulting in the West Financial institution metropolis of Jenin April 12, 2022. 
(AP Photograph/Nasser Nasser)

Shurat HaDin stated it disclosed “new information on the circumstances leading to the incident in Jenin” in its grievance to the ICC. 

The “IDF had acted upon Abbas’ personal request to refrain from entering the Jenin [refugee] camp, allegedly in order to allow the PA’s security forces to assert control over the area,” the group stated. “Yet, the PA either failed in this effort or deliberately allowed Jenin to become a hornet’s nest of terror, where a new alliance between the AAMB [Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades] and the Islamic Jihad terrorist group was made, establishing the joint ‘Jenin Battalion’ that was involved in the gunfire exchange during the incident.” 

In April, Raad Hazem, a 28-year-old Palestinian from Jenin, killed three individuals and wounded six others in a crowded bar in Tel Aviv. That assault adopted a sequence of different terrorist incidents all through Israel in March that resulted within the demise of 11 individuals. 

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