Palestinians demand justice for Shireen Abu Akleh

Story – On the occasion of the Nakba Day, the demonstrators demanded to shed light on the journalist’s murder.


There are Palestinians of all generations on the streets of Ramallah. Children on their fathers shoulders carrying flags twice their size, old men, young men, T-shirts with the inscription “1948”, keffiyeh on their heads, banners “For our right to returnIn hand. At 12:30, the al-Nakba whistles – ‘disaster’ in Arabic -: 74 seconds, marking the past 74 years.

Here, like May 15 every year, we commemorate the forced expulsion of more than 750,000 Palestinians during the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. For many, this day reopens the wounds of the past. Ruqayya Nazzal, flanked by two friends, in traditional dress, watches the under-represented crowd. She says she was 82, she was 8 years old during the Nakba. “I was in Qalqilya, a city that was in the heart of historic Palestine. My parents always told me how they used to travel from our house to the four corners of the country. There, seventy-four years later, the city is buttressed by an eight-meter-high concrete wall and our refugees have not returned to their land.. “

In addition to the usual slogans, banners with the inscription “Your silence is complicit“.”This is for the “double standards” of the international communityJalal Abu Khader, 27, from Jerusalem explains. Here, when the Palestinians use slingshots or Molotov cocktails to resist the occupation, we are not talking about heroism or resistance as in Ukraine. All weapons are punished and we talk about terrorism. Today we are also here to criticize the international community’s inaction. Because the Nakba is not just a memory, it happens every day: when Palestinians are killed, when they face expulsion, when their homes are demolished.»

The journalist’s death prompted a unanimous statement from the UN Security Council that “strongly condemned” him.

At the top of a building in the square, Shireen Abu Akle’s photo is displayed on a board where advertisements are usually located. This year’s Nakba celebrations are taking place in a very special context: just two days after the star of this Al Jazeera journalist was buried in Jerusalem with a bullet to the head on Wednesday morning in Jenin refugee camp while she was practicing her profession. And she was wearing a flak jacket that had the word “press” written on it. “We are all still mourningFollow the Palestinian youth. But at the same time, our determination, our resilience, our rage and our anger drive us to the crowd to do justice to him.. “

The funeral of the person dubbed “Voice of Palestine” was violently disrupted by Israeli police who attacked the pallbearers – the latter receiving dozens of blows with batons. Shirin’s coffin tilts 45 degrees before lifting it with difficulty. After the uproar of these images, which were broadcast live on television, and the consensus of the international community, the Israeli occupation police announced, on Saturday, the opening of an investigation, the results of which will be published.”In the coming daysAccording to a press release.

“accidental shot”

As for the journalist’s murder, the author has not yet been officially identified. Eyewitnesses – the journalist’s colleagues, one of whom was wounded – immediately blamed the shooting by the occupying soldiers. Initially, the IDF authorized the operation, citing only one scenario.”Possibility of Palestinian fire“. At the end of the day, the defense minister was less certain. From now on Israel accepts the possibility of responsibility for one of its soldiers, but only.”By portrait photography“But according to investigative journalism website BellingCat — which analyzed open source data relating to the famous journalist’s death — the gunshots were,”Suggest slow and deliberate targeting instead of shooting something or someone elseAlso, the geographic location of the Israeli forces at the Shirin Abu Aqleh position corresponds more closely to the angle of the shooting than that of the Palestinian armed groups.

However, the journalist’s death led to a unanimous statement from the United Nations Security Council, which “strongly condemnedWith the encouragement of the United States, this very rare unanimous position of the Security Council on an issue relating to Israel also calls forConduct an immediate, thorough, transparent and impartial investigation“.”Behind his death, there is anyway a message for all Palestinian journalists. As if to dissuade us from doing our work and silence us, so that the Israelis can continue their crimes with impunity, whatever they may be, but out of sight of the cameras.Dia Al-Adam, Palestinian journalist and broadcaster at Palestine TV.

This is not the first time that Israel has attacked Al Jazeera journalists. A year ago, the Al-Jalaa Tower in Gaza, which houses the offices of the Qatari channel and the offices of the American news agency AP, was the target of an Israeli raid. She had collapsed, live, on TV.

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