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Activists Submit Legal Complaint to the ICC on Israeli Army’s Killing of Abu Akleh

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A group  of worldwide activists submitted Tuesday, September 20, 2022 a new legal complaint to the office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Dutch city of The Hague on the Israeli army`s killing of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

This group forms of Nasser Abu Bakr, the head of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, the former president of the International Federation of Journalists current member of its administrative board, Jimmy Boumleiha, and Anton Abu Akleh, brother of the slain Al-Jazeera Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

A previous communication was submitted in April to the ICC to open an investigation into the systematic targeting of Palestinian journalists, including Ahmad Abu Hussein, Yasser Murtaja, Moath Amarneh, and Nidal Shtayyeh by the Israeli army since all journalists represented in both complaints wore clearly-marked press jackets when they were targeted.

Today’s complaint represents, for the first time, a real opportunity to hold Israel accountable for targeting Palestinian journalists and might lead to an official investigation by the ICC Prosecutor and possible legal cases filed against the perpetrators.

It’s worth mentioning that a joint investigation carried out by Al-Haq and Forensic Architecture uncovered on September 21, 2022 further evidence that Shireen Abu Akleh was deliberately killed by Israeli occupation forces.