Palestinians will ensure that there is justice for Shireen Abu Akleh – and thousands of others killed by Israeli forces before her.
On Wednesday morning, Palestine woke up to the news that Shireen Abu Akleh, a renowned Palestinian reporter for Al Jazeera, had been shot by Israeli regime forces.
Soon after, it was confirmed she had been murdered.
Shireen was with a group of journalists in Jenin covering an Israeli raid. They were under fire by Israeli snipers. Shireen was shot in her head. Ali Al Samoudi was also shot in the head.
She was wearing a jacket and helmet. The bullet reached an area below her ear. The bullet was extremely precise and clearly meant to cause fatal injury.
Shatha Hansaysha was another journalist standing next to Shireen at the time she was shot. She said that the bullets were “sporadic” and “exactly precise.” “They only shot when one of us moved,” she explained.
As expected, the Israeli regime came up with a PR plan and claimed that Shireen was killed by Palestinian fire. The Israeli regime then retorted and claimed it was impossible to determine who shot Shireen and that further investigation was required. This was despite the fact there were many witnesses to her murder, including her colleagues.
Shireen died in hospital shortly after the shooting. Colleagues cried out to her for help, in total disbelief at the fact that she had died. Her body was taken from Jenin to Nablus, and then Ramallah. The streets were filled with mourners who called her name. Many of them had never met her but were familiar with her reporting.
Indeed. A whole generation of Palestinians grew-up with Shireen on their TV screens. She covered Intifadas as well as countless Israeli regime raids, home demolitions, and many other topics. Intifadas was also covered by the girls.
Last Year, she was in Sheikh Jarrah covering the plight of Palestinian families who were forced from their homes by Israeli police and settlers. She was brave and persevering, telling the Palestinian story to a worldwide audience.
She famously said: “I chose journalism to be close to the people.” Many of those she interviewed later talke