A half-hearted confession that was criticized by the journalist’s family and supporters. For the first time, the Israeli army recognized on Monday September 5 “a strong possibility” to kill, but not intentionally, the journalist of the pan-Arab channel Al Jazeera Shireen Abu Akleh.
The star of Al Jazeera, the American-Palestinian journalist was shot dead on May 11 while covering the Israeli military operation in the Palestinian camp in Jenin, a stronghold of Palestinian armed factions in the north of the occupied West Bank, where a special unit is trying to arrest “suspects”which led to armed conflict.
After the death of Shireen Abu Akleh, equipped with a bulletproof vest with the words “press” and a helmet, the Palestinian Authority and her employer Al Jazeera immediately accused the Israeli army of killing her. Israel has always denied this accusation, despite journalistic investigations and a UN report concluding that an Israeli shot had been fired, but denying that it was intentional.
However, on Monday, the Israeli army published the “final conclusion” in his investigation and admitted that one of his soldiers actually fired in the direction of the journalist, mistaking his identity: “There is a great possibility that M.ME Abu Akleh was accidentally hit by Israeli army fire directed by suspects identified as Palestinian gunmen. »
The army said it was studying “chronologically” the sequence of events, analysis of locations, videos and sounds recorded on the site, conducted a “Scene simulation” and that “Israel experts” conducted a ballistic analysis of the bullet on July 2, in front of the representatives of “United States Security Coordinating Committee for Israel and the Palestinian Authority”. Because of “bad ball condition”indicates its origin “hard”outlined the army in its report, saying that it is not certain “no doubt” at the origin of the fatal shooting of the reporter.
“The soldier misidentified his target”
Like the Israeli army, the United States concluded that Shireen Abu Akleh “maybe” killed by fire from an Israeli position, without reason to believe that his death was intentional. “The soldier did not intend to target an Al Jazeera reporter or a journalist in general. (…) The soldier misidentified his target and he regretted it.a senior Israeli military official said at a press briefing on Monday. “It shouldn’t have happened, he didn’t mean to.”he added.
This officer indicated that the soldier, who was placed about 200 meters behind the journalist, did not see his inscription “press” on the front of his bulletproof vest. He said the reporter was shot in the back of the head.
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Israel’s military prosecutor’s office announced on Monday that it “There is no suspicion of a criminal act that justifies the opening of a criminal investigation by the military police” and this, though there is a “high probability” that Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli soldiers. “The facts and the investigations prove that Israel is the culprit, that Israel is the one who killed Shireen, and Israel must bear the responsibility of her crime”reaction of Nabil Abou Roudeina, the spokesman of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who also organized a national funeral in Ramallah in honor of the journalist.
The Abu Akleh family, who met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington in July, accused Israeli authorities on Monday of “to avoid taking responsibility for the murder” of the journalist, in a statement issued after the Israeli investigative report. “We remain hurt, disappointed and disappointed”lined up the family by asking the United States to conduct an investigation “reliability”.
“The Israeli armed forces’ admission of guilt is too late and incomplete. They did not give the name of the killer of Shireen Abu Akleh and there was no other information about his testimony except to say that he was sorry.”, criticized Sherif Mansour, Middle East head of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), in New York. The Israeli anti-colonization NGO B’Tselem is described “false confession” the conclusions of the Israeli army. “This is not an investigation, this is a cover-up. This is not a mistake, this is a policy.”mourned the NGO.