‘We will fight for justice’: Abu Akleh family slams killing probe | Israel-Palestine conflict News

The niece of Shireen Abu Akleh mentioned her household is “very disillusioned” on the US State Division assertion that mentioned unbiased investigators couldn’t attain a definitive conclusion concerning the bullet that killed the Al Jazeera reporter on Might 11 however mentioned they continue to be undeterred of their battle for justice and accountability.

On Monday, the State Division mentioned investigators had discovered Israeli army gunfire was “probably accountable” for Abu Akleh’s dying, however that forensic evaluation confirmed no purpose to consider that the capturing was intentional.

“Sure, Shireen was killed deliberately,” mentioned Lina Abu Akleh, the niece of the slain Al Jazeera journalist.

“Your entire investigation is disappointing contemplating the very fact we [were] not conscious of any of the method; there was no transparency. We weren’t given sufficient data concerning the investigation and we discovered about it final minute,” she informed Al Jazeera from Geneva.

Abu Akleh was shot within the head  whereas masking an Israeli military raid on the Jenin refugee camp within the occupied West Financial institution, regardless of sporting a flak jacket and helmet clearly marked “Press”.

Palestinian officers, worldwide rights teams and media shops carried out their very own unbiased investigations that concluded that Abu Akleh was killed by the Israeli army.

The United Nations human rights workplace final month mentioned that data it had gathered confirmed that the bullet that killed Abu Akleh was fired by Israeli forces. A number of witnesses mentioned Israeli forces killed the Palestinian American journalist.

Abu Akleh’s household mentioned that no matter the probe’s findings they may proceed to battle for justice and accountability for her killing, her niece mentioned.

“It’s very disappointing however on the similar time, it’s not discouraging. We are going to proceed to battle for justice. We are going to proceed to battle for accountability and an finish to this impunity as a result of this end result, that we obtained at present, simply provides on to the impunity that Israel enjoys,” she mentioned.

“However we is not going to be discouraged and we are going to proceed on our path for justice and accountability.”

US State Division spokesman Ned Value mentioned on Monday that “unbiased” examiners had undertaken an “extraordinarily detailed forensic evaluation” of the bullet that killed Abu Akleh after it was handed over by the Palestinian Authority.

In line with the Instances of Israel newspaper, Israel examined the bullet within the presence of a US consultant.

The State Division mentioned that the bullet was too badly broken to achieve a conclusive dedication, and whereas it was probably fired by Israeli forces, there was “no purpose to consider” Abu Akleh was intentionally focused.


“From day one, Israel has been attempting to alter the narrative and utilizing the bullet has been considered one of their many narratives. However this isn’t the tip,” Lina Abu Akleh mentioned.

That the report discovered the bullet was probably fired by Israeli forces “does present us with some type of a chilly consolation however that’s not sufficient,” she mentioned.

“We nonetheless proceed to name for a clear and simply investigation, and we name on the UN, particularly the ICC [International Criminal Court] to deal with the case of Shireen with the identical enthusiasm it has been exhibiting to Ukraine – as is rightfully so,” she added.

“We nonetheless name for accountability. We nonetheless name for justice. And for the US to truly perform an unbiased investigation, free from any political strain, and to offer its citizen, Shireen Abu Akleh, the best investigation that she deserves as a [US] citizen.”

Lina Abu Akleh additionally mentioned that the media and broader civil society had a job to play to make sure that justice is discovered and people answerable for the killing are held accountable.

“All journalists must also take up their platforms and proceed to advocate as a result of Shireen, on the finish of the day, was a journalist and he or she was focused, and he or she’s not the primary journalist and never the final [that will] be killed by Israeli forces,” she mentioned.

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