Shireen: Voice of the voiceless victims silenced | Opinions

I’m not prepared to discuss Shireen prior to now tense. Not at present. Maybe not ever.

Shireen has coated the cruelty of the Israeli occupation for many years, solely to be the sufferer of its utter bloody insanity; insanity she spent a lifetime exposing.

Ms Abu Akleh is a family title within the Arab world. Faraway however omnipresent in numerous properties from Rabat to Riyadh.

A seasoned journalist, she has been that courageous voice from Palestine echoing by means of the world. The place seasonal reporters come and go, she has been there day in time out, yr after yr, nose to nose with the occupiers of her homeland, giving a voice to unvoiced Palestinians.

Shireen has had that regular voice – a soothing, credible voice. At all times calm, cool and picked up even when confronted with probably the most horrific circumstances and bloodiest scenes.

Which is extra usually than is possible, alas.

There’s something modest however magical about the best way she has strolled down the streets of Palestine and gone by means of the alleys of its refugee camps, speaking to the world with such eloquence; such readability and confidence.

At all times factual and goal. And sure, at all times measured. By no means shedding her nerves.


A battle journalist, she nonetheless has a charitable aura about her. Extremely humane within the midst of an inhumane setting. She is a passionate reporter, the place her ardour displays an enviable mélange of affection and ache for her struggling homeland.

It’s befitting that Shireen was born within the coronary heart of Palestine, in Jerusalem, simply after the 1967 Israel battle and occupation. Hailing from a Bethlehem Christian household, she studied journalism, however first labored at UNRWA and later at MIFTAH, selling dialogue and democracy, earlier than turning to full-time journalism.

In 1997, Shireen turned a devoted reporter, a Jazeerian, who for 1 / 4 of a century shined a lightweight on a darkish period, at all times beneficiant together with her time, by no means holding again.

A fixture of the Arab media scene, among the many giants of the occupation, she gave Al Jazeera its distinct color, and helped it ship protection from the very coronary heart of the Arab world.

She has been a battle reporter, sure, however for many years, Shireen has additionally been an investigative journalist – masking crime scenes, gathering proof, gathering clues, and exposing criminals.

It’s surreal to look at outdated newsreels exhibiting a younger Shireen talking with calm confidence and reflecting on how she has come of age beneath occupation, or ought to I say, on high of an occupation – an inhumane occupation that has already lasted greater than half a century and that has no finish in sight.

Allow us to not muddle Shireen’s reminiscence with cliches and conspiracies about her loss of life.

Shireen doesn’t do cliches.

She is the sufferer of Israeli occupation, no matter who or which soldier pulled the set off. As if killing her within the morning was not sufficient, Israeli safety needed to raid her home within the afternoon. Why? As a result of that’s who they’re. As for the remainder of us, her followers, family and friends, allow us to honour her the best way she has lengthy honoured us, solemnly and with love.

Shireen, in Arabic, means “recent magnificence”. So, she has been.

At the moment, we mourn Shireen, tomorrow we scorn her killers.

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