Arab journalists’ unions criticize US report on Shireen Abu Akleh

The General Union of Arab Journalists and the Kuwaiti Journalists Association criticized the US report on the murder of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, which called her death “unintentional”.

Shireen Abu Akleh was covering an Israeli army operation in the Jenin camp in the northern West Bank [Getty]

Arab journalists’ unions have called for justice for slain Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh after an official US report called her killing by Israeli forces “unintentional”.

the veteran AlJazeera journalist, who held Palestinian and American nationality, was wearing a jacket and helmet marked “Press” when she was killed on May 11.

It covered an Israeli army operation in the Jenin camp, in the northern West Bank.

The US State Department released a report Monday saying Abu Akleh was likely killed by gunfire from Israeli positions, but there was no reason to believe her death was intentional.

The General Union of Arab Journalists said in a statement Wednesday that the US report lacked precision and was politically biased in favor of Israel.

Syndicate leader Muayyad Al-Lami said the report was a deliberate attempt to help Israel avoid responsibility for Abu Akleh’s murder.

He said he was confident in the conclusions of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate and in the report of the Palestinian attorney general, which concluded that Abu Akleh had been targeted by an Israeli bullet.

A number of other investigations have come to the same conclusion, including those conducted CNN and The New York Times.

Al-Lami also expressed solidarity with all Palestinian journalists working under threat of attack by Israeli forces and urged support for all journalists leading Israel to the International Criminal Court.

The Kuwait Journalists Association also rejected the report on Wednesday, demanding justice for Abu Akleh.

He expressed absolute confidence in the reports of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate and the Palestinian Attorney General and the United Nations, which confirmed that Abu Akleh had been killed by Israel.

The association called on the international community to fight for justice for Abu Akleh.

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