US says Israeli bullet ‘likely responsible’ for shooting death Shireen Abu Akleh

Protesters hold candles and a photo of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot dead by Israeli forces while covering an Israeli military raid in Jenin on May 11, 2022

Washington (QNN)- The US Department of State has said that independent investigators could “not reach a definitive conclusion” regarding the origin of the bullet that killed Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, but said Israeli gunfire was “likely responsible” for her death.

“Ballistic experts determined the bullet was badly damaged, which prevented a clear conclusion,” the United States government said in a statement on Monday.

“In addition to the forensic and ballistic analysis, the USSC was granted full access to both Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Palestinian Authority (PA) investigations over the last several weeks.”

“By summarizing both investigations, the USSC concluded that gunfire from IDF positions was likely responsible for the death of Shireen Abu Akleh,” the statement read.

“The USSC found no reason to believe that this was intentional,” the US claimed.

On Monday, the Israeli occupation said after concluding its investigation into the killing, that after a forensic examination they could not determine from which weapon the bullet was fired.

“The physical condition of the bullet and the quality of the characteristics on it do not enable a ballistic examination to conclusively determine whether or not the bullet was fired from the weapon which was examined,” the Israeli occupation forces said.

Abu Akleh’s family said in a statement it was “incredulous” that the examination could not determine whose gun fired the bullet that killed her.

“We will continue to advocate for justice for Shireen, and to hold the Israeli military and government accountable, no matter the attempts to obfuscate the reality of what happened on May 11,” it said.

A senior Palestinian official accused the US of protecting the Israeli occupation authorities after the forensic examination failed to reach a firm conclusion on the origin of the bullet.

“The truth is clear but the US administration continues to stall in announcing it,” Wasel Abu Youssef, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), told Reuters news agency.

“We say Israel killed Shireen Abu Akleh and it has to be held responsible for the crime it has committed.”

Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna, reporting from Washington, DC, said that the US State Department’s statement on the shooting likely being unintentional “is a key issue” that will be widely questioned.

“There is no clear [finding] as to exactly what happened, and there is going to be pressure from the public, [and] from Congress, to actually push this further. To try and find some way in which a more definitive answer can be found,” he said.

“There is no clear definition of exactly what happened, why it happened, [or] who did it.”

Akram al-Khatib, general prosecutor for the Palestinian Authority, told Al Al Jazeera on Saturday that officials had “agreed to transfer the bullet to the Americans for examination”.

However, conflicting reports over who would conduct the tests on the bullet emerged on Sunday.

An Israeli military spokesman told Israeli occupation Army Radio: “The test will not be American. The test will be an Israeli test, with an American presence throughout.”

Al-Khatib, meanwhile, told Voice of Palestine radio that officials had received “guarantees” from the US “that the examination will be conducted by them and that the Israeli side will not take part”.

In the last five weeks, the Biden administration has pressed the Palestinians to hand over the bullet, U.S. and Israeli officials told Axios. After refusing for weeks, the Palestinians in recent days signaled they might be willing to change course.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Tony Blinken spoke on the phone with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and asked him again to give the bullet to the US, a State Department official said, before US President Joe Biden visits ‘Israel’ and the occupied West Bank on July 13.

51-year-old Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed by Israeli forces in the head while she was covering an Israeli military raid into the Jenin refugee camp despite wearing a press vest on May 11, sparking international outrage and calls for accountability for attacks on journalists. The slain journalist covered events and Israeli aggressions in the occupied Palestinian territory for 25 years.

Multiple witnesses said that Israeli forces killed the veteran journalist. Reports by the investigative group Bellingcat, The Associated Press, CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times have also come to the same conclusion.

On June 24, the UN’s OHCHR also announced that information it had gathered showed that the bullets that killed Abu Akleh were fired by Israeli forces.

Spokesperson for the UN’s OHCHR, Ravina Shamdasani, told reporters in Geneva, “All information we have gathered is consistent with the finding that the shots that killed Abu Akleh and injured her colleague Ali Sammoudi came from Israeli security forces and not from indiscriminate firing by armed Palestinians.”

The CNN investigation in May said evidence suggests that the veteran journalist was killed in a “targeted attack by Israeli forces”.

Al Jazeera Media Network also announced on May 26 that it had assigned a legal team to refer the killing to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

A probe by the Palestinian Authority found that Abu Akleh was deliberately shot by Israeli forces.

(Source / 05.07.2022)

Israeli forces kill Gazan worker after brutally beating him near apartheid wall

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces killed a 32-year-old Palestinian worker from the Gaza Strip after brutally beating him near Tulkarm city while he was heading to his workplace in the 1948-occupied Palestine on Tuesday morning.

Local sources reported that Ahmed Harb Ayyad, a worker from the Gaza Strip, was brutally assaulted and beaten near the apartheid wall by the occupation forces while he was heading to his workplace in the 1948-Israeli occupied Palestine, at dawn today.

No more details have been reported, yet.

(Source / 05.07.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Beat A Palestinian Worker To Death Near Tulkarem

Early on Tuesday dawn, Israeli soldiers beat a Palestinian worker to death near a breach of the illegal Annexation Wall in Tulkarem, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian, Ahmad Harb Ayyad, 32, was attacked and repeatedly struck by the soldiers until he lost his life when he and other workers tried to cross.

The slain Palestinian man is from the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip but has been living in the West Bank and was working in construction inside the Green Line to support his family.

The soldiers also fired many live rounds and gas bombs at Palestinian workers in the same area, wounding one.

The Ayyad family in Gaza said Israel informed them about their son’s death and added that the Israeli occupation authorities allowed the transfer of his corpse to them through the Erez (Beit Hanoun) Terminal in northern Gaza.

His funeral procession was held at a local mosque in the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza before being buried at the Shuhada Graveyard, east of Gaza city.

The Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions issued a statement denouncing the Israeli crime and said that Ahmad is not the first worker to be killed by the Israeli occupation army, in addition to the hundreds who have been shot and injured and those who have been abducted and imprisoned.

The Federation added that many workers from the Gaza Strip have to leave their homes and families in the impoverished region to look for work in the West Bank or Israel and face constant violations.

It called on the International Labor Organization to intervene and ensure Israel abides by International Law and stops its deadly violations against the Palestinian workers.

On June 19th, 2022, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian worker, Nabil Ahmad Taiseer Ghanem, 53, near the Annexation Wall, south of Qalqilia, in the northern part of the West Bank. On the same day, the soldiers attacked workers and detained thirteen Barta’a towns southwest of Jenin in the northern part of the West Bank.

(Source / 05.07.2022)

US Refuses to Acknowledge Israeli Responsibility for Assassination of Journalist

The now-released US State Department report on the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh makes the absurd claim that the evidence is ‘inconclusive’ regarding who killed Shireen.

But the United Nations had previously investigated and found conclusively that Israeli bullets shot Shireen in the head.

There were no Palestinian fighters in the area, and numerous eyewitnesses saw the Israeli soldier assassinate Shireen.

The idea that there could be any doubt at this point about who shot Shireen is absurd and shows the extent to which the US regime is willing to lie to protect its ally, Israel, blatantly.

The US State Department spokesperson said that gunfire from the Israeli military was “likely responsible” for the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in May.

But the official State Department statement says their investigation “could not reach a definitive conclusion” on the bullet’s origin because the bullet was so badly damaged.

But even the fact that the bullet was an ‘exploding’ type bullet that opened the back of Shireen’s head is unmistakable evidence because only Israeli soldiers have access to exploding bullets.

According to the State Department, “In addition to the forensic and ballistic analysis, the [US investigator] was granted full access to both Israel Defense Forces and Palestinian Authority investigations over the last several weeks. By summarizing both investigations, the [investigator] concluded that gunfire from IDF positions was likely responsible for the death of Shireen Abu Akleh.”

The Abu Akleh family quickly issued a statement condemning the US State Department’s refusal to acknowledge Shireen’s clear and blatant assassination. They vowed that this would not be the end, and they will take this matter to the International Criminal Court.

If the US government had honestly investigated, they would have found what the UN investigation found: clear evidence that US weapons and funding were behind the assassination of Shireen Abu Akleh.

If the US had found that a US-funded weapon was used with blatant impunity to kill Abu Akleh, the US would be in direct violation of the Arms Export Control Act, which forbids US weapons sold (or donated, as in this case) abroad to be used in a war crime.

Responding to the U.S statement, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates issued the following release:

The State of Palestine rejects the United States’ dismissal of the Israeli occupying forces’ intentional targeting of Palestinian journalists on 11 May 2022, which resulted in the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and the injury of Ali Sammoudi, as mere “tragic circumstances” and not an intentional war crime.

The context in which the crime took place as well as forensic examination of the General Prosecutor of the State of Palestine and several independent reports concluded that the Israeli occupation soldiers intentionally targeted Shireen Abu Akleh along with other journalists.

No amount of vagueness or politicization can exonerate the killers, whitewash the crime, or hide the truth. This whitewashing will only further institutionalize Israel’s entrenched impunity, continue to deny the Palestinian people any justice, and threaten the safety and lives of journalists in Palestine. It will also have a negative impact on the safety of journalists worldwide.

The State of Palestine, in its pursuit of justice for Shireen Abu Akleh and all Palestinian victims, will continue undeterred with its efforts at the international level, including the International Criminal Court, to hold those who ordered and provide cover for this established trend of criminality accountable for their crimes.

(Source / 05.04.2022)

Army Injures Several Palestinians Near Bethlehem

On Monday evening, Israeli soldiers injured several Palestinians in Husan town, west of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded the eastern area of Husan, leading to protests, and fired several gas bombs and concussion grenades.

Medical sources said many Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation and received the needed treatment.

The soldiers also closed the town’s western entrance, including the main Aqabat Hasna area, which leads to several communities west of Bethlehem.

Also, the soldiers invaded Doura town, south of Hebron in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, and injured several Palestinians, including five who were shot with live fire, during ensuing protests.

Early Monday night, the soldiers shot four young Palestinian men, one seriously, in Abu Dis town, east of the occupied capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

(Source / 05.07.2022)

Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians Near Hebron

On Monday evening, Israeli soldiers invaded Doura town, south of Hebron in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, and injured several Palestinians, including five with live fire, during ensuing protests.

Local sources said the soldiers invaded the town before storming, ransacking many homes, and interrogated several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

They added that many Palestinians protested the invasion before the soldiers attacked them with live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.

The soldiers shot five young Palestinians with live rounds in their lower extremities before the medics rushed them to hospitals in Hebron, and caused many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Early Monday night, the soldiers shot four young Palestinian men, one seriously, in Abu Dis town, east of the occupied capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

(Source / 05.07.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Shoot Four Palestinians, One Seriously, In Abu Dis

Early Monday night, Israeli soldiers shot four young Palestinian men, one seriously, in Abu Dis town, east of the occupied capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Medical sources have confirmed that the soldiers shot four young men with live fire, including one who suffered life-threatening wounds, before being rushed to hospital.

The Palestinians were shot after several Israeli army jeeps invaded Abu Dis and closed a few streets, leading to protests.

The soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs at the Palestinians.

(Source / 05.07.2022)