Days of Palestine

Saturday, June 3

Washington Post Concludes that Israeli Occupation Killed Palestinian Journalist Abu Akleh

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Washington Post has published an investigation on the killing of veteran Palestinian-American Al-Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, and said that the slain correspondent was killed by an Israeli soldier on May 11 in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

The Post cited multiple interviews with eyewitnesses and examined a number of videos, including live videos that were being streamed at the moment of the shooting as well as audio analysis.

“The Washington Post examined more than five dozen videos, social media posts and photos of the event, conducted two physical inspections of the area and commissioned two independent acoustic analyses of the gunshots. That review suggests an Israeli soldier in the convoy likely shot and killed Abu Akleh,” it said in its report.

The Post went on to dispute Israeli claims that there was an exchange of gunfire between Israeli forces and Palestinian gunmen at the time Abu Akleh was killed or that a gunman was among the journalists when a soldier opened fire in his direction.

“Israel’s military has not released any evidence showing the presence of a gunman. The available video and audio evidence disputes IDF (Israeli forces) claims there was an exchange of fire in the minutes before Abu Akleh was killed and supports the accounts of multiple eyewitnesses interviewed by The Post, who said there was no firefight at the time.”