Macron urges rapid Israeli probe into Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing

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French president urges Israel to swiftly implicit probe into sidesplitting of Al Jazeera journalist, contempt UN calls for an autarkic investigation.

Published On 17 May 2022

French President Emmanuel Macron has urged Israel to swiftly implicit investigations into the decease of a slain Palestinian writer fatally changeable by Israeli forces past week during an Israeli raid successful the occupied West Bank, the Elysee Palace said.

Veteran Al Jazeera writer Shireen Abu Akleh was changeable dead connected Wednesday, May 11 successful the West Bank metropolis of Jenin portion wearing a helmet and a vest that intelligibly identified her arsenic a subordinate of the press.

Her death, and Israeli constabulary attacks connected mourners who attempted to locomotion with her coffin astatine her ceremonial 2 days aboriginal successful occupied East Jerusalem, person sparked Palestinian and planetary outrage.

Israeli forces besides attacked the hearse arsenic it carried her body, to forcefully region Palestinian flags from it.

“The president said that helium was moved by the decease of Shireen Abu Akleh and reiterated France’s presumption that a accelerated decision of the probe was needed,” the French president’s bureau said connected Tuesday pursuing a telephone telephone betwixt Macron and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Israel is conducting a probe into Abu Akleh’s killing, but United Nations quality rights experts and galore others person called for an independent investigation into the journalist’s killing.

The Palestinian enactment has rejected immoderate probe by Israel, and is conducting an probe of its own. It has besides called connected the International Criminal Court to behaviour a probe, and has held the Israeli service liable for the “assassination” of the seasoned journalist.

Two United States Democratic congressmen are besides pushing for an FBI probe into the sidesplitting of Abu Akleh, 51, who was a US citizen, according to the US-based website the intercept.

On Monday, United Kingdom members of parliament called connected the UK authorities to demand an autarkic investigation into the killing.

‘Blatant murder’

Al Jazeera Media Network has accused Israel of “blatant murder” and besides called for an autarkic investigation.

Israel has denied targeting Abu Akleh, saying she whitethorn person been changeable accidentally by a worker oregon by Palestinian fighters.

But reporters who were with Abu Akleh, including 1 who was changeable and wounded successful the back, said there were nary confrontations oregon fighters successful the contiguous country erstwhile she was killed.

Israeli quality rights radical B’Tselem besides conducted its ain probe and released a video connected the time of the sidesplitting that refutes the Israeli army’s archetypal narrative, concluding that the gunfire that killed Abu Akleh was not fired by Palestinians. An probe by Bellingcat, an investigative media outlet, suggested Israeli occurrence apt killed the seasoned Al Jazeera journalist.

The Elysee Palace said that Macron had besides expressed “concern” astir Israel’s caller determination to property up with much than 4,000 caller amerciable colony homes successful the West Bank, onshore that the Palestinian leaders question for a aboriginal state.

Settlements and outposts are a usurpation of planetary law. There are astatine slightest 600,000 amerciable Jewish settlers who unrecorded successful these Israeli-only lodging complexes crossed the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Nearly 3 cardinal Palestinians unrecorded successful the West Bank nether Israeli subject rule.

A connection from Bennett’s bureau pursuing the telephone made nary notation of Abu Akleh oregon of the settlements.

Leading rights organisations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch arsenic good arsenic B’Tselem person concluded that Israel’s policies against the Palestinians magnitude to apartheid.



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