Palestine’s ambassador to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, mentioned his nation will “not settle for” an investigation by Israel into the killing of Al Jazeera’s Shireen Abu Akleh, and that he holds the Israeli military liable for the “assassination” of the veteran journalist.
“The story of the Israeli facet doesn’t maintain water, it’s fictitious and it isn’t in step with actuality and we don’t settle for to have an investigation on this challenge with those that are the criminals,” Mansour instructed reporters on the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday.
“We anticipate that an investigation takes place. Our want and place is that it must be internationally credible,” he mentioned, including that there have to be no involvement by Israeli authorities.
“Some are asking the ICC [International Criminal Court] to conduct this investigation; that might even be acceptable to us. There are a number of choices. A very powerful factor is that the Safety Council speaks with one voice in opposition to such a criminal offense, in opposition to the assassination of Shireen Abu Akleh,” Mansour mentioned.
“The Israeli army forces are liable for her assassination.”
Worldwide broadcaster Al Jazeera accused the Israeli army of homicide on Wednesday after Israeli forces shot lifeless veteran reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, within the northern occupied West Financial institution metropolis of Jenin.
Abu Akleh was overlaying an Israeli military raid within the metropolis when she was shot lifeless.
The UN has expressed revulsion on the killing and known as for “an impartial investigation”.
In a Twitter submit, Ravina Shamdasani of the UN Workplace of the Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights mentioned, “We’re appalled on the killing of journalist #ShireenAbuAkleh whereas overlaying an Israeli army operation in Jenin, #Palestine.”
She mentioned the UN is on the bottom verifying the circumstances of the journalist’s killing.
“We urge an impartial, clear investigation into her killing. Impunity should finish,” Shamdasani mentioned.
Qatar, the Arab League and Jordan all condemned the capturing.
The Israeli forces initially mentioned it was wanting into the chance that “Palestinian gunmen” had been guilty.
However hours later, Chief of Normal Workers Aviv Kochavi appeared to hawk again from that assertion, saying at current it couldn’t be decided which facet was accountable.
Israel’s Defence Minister Benny Gantz additionally struck a cautious be aware concerning duty for the killing, “We are attempting to determine precisely what occurred,” he mentioned. “I don’t have remaining conclusions.”
An investigation can be intently watched.
The ICC has already opened an investigation into potential warfare crimes by Israel in each the occupied West Financial institution and the Gaza Strip.
Israel doesn’t recognise the courtroom’s jurisdiction and has known as the warfare crimes probe unfair and antisemitic.
Relations between Israeli forces and the international media, particularly Palestinian journalists, are strained.
Two Palestinian journalists had been shot and killed by Israeli forces whereas filming violent protests alongside the Gaza frontier in 2018.
In November of that 12 months, Related Press cameraman Rashed Rashid was overlaying a protest close to the Gaza frontier when he was shot within the left ankle, apparently by Israeli hearth. The army has by no means acknowledged the capturing.
Throughout final 12 months’s warfare between Israel and Hamas, an Israeli air raid destroyed the constructing in Gaza Metropolis housing the workplaces of The Related Press and Al Jazeera.
Residents had been warned to evacuate and nobody was harm within the assault. Israel mentioned Hamas was utilizing the constructing as a command centre however supplied no proof.
The Overseas Press Affiliation, which represents some 400 journalists working for worldwide media, mentioned it was “appalled and deeply shocked” by the killing and expressed hope “that these liable for this horrible loss of life can be held accountable”.
Al Jazeera mentioned that Abu Akleh, who got here from occupied East Jerusalem initially and had been working for Al Jazeera for greater than 20 years, was carrying a protecting jacket clearly marked with the phrase “press” when she was shot.