Shireen Abu Akleh: No Justice, Just Impunity

The perpetrator has investigated its own crimes and found no wrongdoing anywhere: if you’re familiar with what’s happening in Palestine, you won’t find this surprising.

Yet the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh is yet another reminder that Israel operates with complete impunity.

Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead by an Israeli sniper on May 11, 2022, as she was covering an illegal Israeli raid in the city of Jenin.

What followed is exactly what one could have expected: nothing. Israel’s internal investigation led to the conclusion that no one was responsible for the bullets that hit Shireen – who was wearing a protective jacket marked ‘Press’ and a helmet – in her head.

Although the FBI has stated it will open an investigation into Shireen’s killing, as of now, all that surrounds Israel’s attacks on journalists is complete impunity.

Learn about Shireen and what followed after her death in the video below.

In it, you will also be reminded of one of the most grotesque scenes we’ve seen in Palestine this year: Israeli forces attacking a funeral procession and violently beating people there, targetting the casket bearers.

As the people in the video commented, perhaps Israel saw the continuation of Shireen’s voice, determination, and her ability to unite people once more at her funeral.

And that is a threat no oppressive regime can take lightly.

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