Palestinians Refuse Israeli Joint Investigation into Reporter Death Abbas Requests ICC Investigation

Palestinian authorities rejected an Israeli request for a joint investigation into the death of Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shirin Abu Akle the day before, and said they would not hand over the bullets to Israeli authorities for ballistic analysis.

Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas said Israel would be “inevitably punished” and would be investigated by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Hussein al-Sheikh, head of civil affairs for the Palestinian Authority. said “Israel has requested a joint investigation and extradition of the bullet that assassinated journalist Shireen, but we have denied it and we have confirmed that our investigation will be completed independently and will inform her family, the United States, Qatar and all countries” We inform the official authorities of the results of the investigation.”

Abu Akle, who was also an American, was killed Wednesday morning in an Israeli airstrike in Jenin, West Bank district of the Jordan River.

“All signs, evidence and witnesses confirm the assassination by Israeli special forces,” Sheikh claimed.

But Israeli officials are quoted as saying, “He who has nothing to hide does not refuse to cooperate.”

Israel’s Minister of Communications Yoaz Hendel: “Anyone claiming that the IDF killed a reporter is based on propaganda, not on investigation or facts. We said we would look into it and that’s what we’re doing. Direct and honest.”

Palestinians attend the funeral of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shirin Abu Akle at the President’s Headquarters in Ramallah, West Bank city, on May 12, 2022. (ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images)

Abbas later reiterated at a national memorial service to Abu Akleh at his presidential palace in Ramallah that his government would not participate in a joint investigation. Times of Israel report.

“They committed a crime and we don’t trust them,” Abbas added.

“We take full responsibility for the Israeli occupation authorities for her murder,” Abbas said. “These crimes cannot but go unpunished.”

A Palestinian coroner’s initial autopsy of Abu Akleh’s body found it “impossible” to determine who fired the lethal bullet, the report said.

Dr. Chief Coroner at the Institute of Pathology at the a-Najah University in Nablus. Ryan al-Ali said, “The bullet that got into her body is in our possession and has been taken to the lab for further analysis.” She didn’t shoot at close range.

Initial internal Israeli investigations revealed that the Israeli army did not fire at her despite her close proximity to Palestinian terrorists.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett responded that Abbas was making “groundless accusations against Israel” after he first accused Israel of wrongdoing.

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Reporters of various nationalities hold posters condemning the death of veteran Al Jazeera Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in front of the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul on May 12, 2022. (images OZAN KOSE/Afp/AFP via Getty)

“Based on what we currently know, it is highly probable that reckless Palestinian militants were responsible for the tragic death of the journalist.”

US Ambassador to Israel Confirmation that Abu Akleh is a US citizen‘, urged ‘a thorough investigation into the piety of death’.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, troops entered a refugee camp in Genin to arrest a terrorist suspect. The raid was in the midst of a recent terrorist attack on Israel.

“During Operation Jenin Refugee Camp, the suspects opened fire and threw explosives at the army. [Israeli] Army counterattack said in the statement.

The military said it was “looking into the possibility that journalists may have been injured in the shooting in Palestine.”

Footage from the scene showed Palestinian terrorists shooting. One Palestinian said an Israeli soldier was shot, but Israel’s foreign ministry later said no soldiers were injured.

“It is possible that Palestinian terrorists fired indiscriminately and attacked Al Jazeera journalist Shirin Abu Akhla,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Abu Akleh has been covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 1997 on Qatar-based Al Jazeera’s Arabic channel.

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