By Dr. Elias Akleh
As soon as once more, for the nth time, the Terrorist Israeli Demise Forces (TIDF) have murdered in chilly blood one other Palestinian journalist; 51 years previous Al-Jazeera TV broadcaster Shireen Abu Akleh. She was shot within the neck; the one unprotected a part of her physique whereas carrying a helmet and a protecting vest; each marked clearly with a “PRESS” signal. She died immediately.
On the early morning of Wednesday, Might eleventh, the Al-Jazeera information group together with Shireen Abu Akleh traveled to Jenin refugee camp to cowl yet one more Terrorist Israeli Demise Power’s (TIDF) raid in opposition to a Palestinian house. This has been virtually a every day routine for this information group. Alas, it grew to become the final day within the lifetime of Abu Akleh. Whereas standing within the open, clearly recognized as a journalist, an Israeli sniper fired her/his rifle focusing on Abu Akleh within the neck and wounding her companion reporter; Ali al-Samoudi within the again.
As a part of its genocidal ethnic cleaning coverage, Terrorist Israeli Demise Forces (TIDF) conduct every day raids in opposition to Palestinian cities and refugee camps often earlier than daybreak. They raid houses terrorizing households and youngsters nonetheless sleeping, ransack houses, loot valuables, arrest youngsters and fully raze down the home with bulldozers. To justify its terrorist raids in opposition to Palestinian houses Israel claims that it’s conducting “counterterrorism actions”, whereas the Israeli troopers, themselves, are spreading terror.
In accordance with the United Nations Workplace for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) report, of Might twelfth, 2022, Israel had demolished 8,413 Palestinian buildings; primarily houses, displacing and throwing 12,491families with their kids within the streets. In accordance with The Intercept, the UN’s tally of demolitions carried out since Biden’s inauguration eclipsed 1,000 houses. Within the 13 months since Biden took workplace over 1,300 Palestinians, the vast majority of whom are kids, have been displaced by such demolitions.
The homicide of journalist Abu Akleh displays the Israeli coverage of focusing on and killing journalists and human rights defenders, who’ve been exposing to the world the Israeli ethnic cleaning brutal coverage in opposition to Palestinian civilians.
Israel has murdered greater than 50 Palestinian journalists since 2001, in accordance with the Palestinian Journalism Syndicate, and Reporters With out Borders has recorded greater than 144 journalists injured in simply the final 4 years. The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate counts yearly between 500 – 700 Israeli assaults and crimes in opposition to Palestinian journalists
In the course of the 2018 Palestinian Nice March of Return in Gaza, when Palestinians used to march towards the separation fence between the Gaza Strip and occupied Palestine, Reporters with out Borders documented greater than 140 Israeli assaults on Palestinian journalists overlaying the March. For only a few examples let’s point out Journalists Hussein and Mortaja had been killed on the spot by Israeli snipers on the opposite aspect of the fence, Al-Kronz was shot in each legs, Yahya Khalid and Sami Misran had been blinded in a single eye by bullet fragments, Ali Jadallah sustained critical head damage by a rubber-coated bullet. There are numerous extra.
All these murders and assaults don’t embody Abu Akleh nor a number of different worldwide journalists; two Italians, one Turk, and one Welshman simply to say the well-known. Raffaele Ciriello, 42, an Italian veteran journalist who lined conflicts in Afghanistan and Kosovo, was shot by Israeli fireplace close to the Manara Sq. in Ramallah throughout fierce gunbattles between Israeli troopers and Palestinian militants on 11 March 2002.
He reported for Corriere della Sera. James Henry Dominic Miller, 34, a Welsh cameraman, producer, director, and an Emmy Awards winner, was killed by Israeli forces whereas he was filming a documentary in Rafah in Gaza Strip on 2 Might 2003.
Cevdet Kiliclar, a Turkish Journalist who was killed by an Israeli commander’s unit, stormed the Mavi Marmara ship that sailed for Gaza on 31 Might 2010. And whereas we’re at it, let’s point out the opposite seventeen Palestinians, who labored in media and journalism, killed throughout Israel’s 51-days in July and August 2014 navy offensive in opposition to the Gaza
The homicide of Abu Akleh comes simply days after the Worldwide Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS), and the Worldwide Centre of Justice for Palestinians filed a proper criticism with the Worldwide Felony Courtroom accusing Israel of “systematic focusing on of Palestinian journalists”. The criticism additionally cited the “focusing on and bombing” of buildings housing media within the Gaza Strip, together with the Israeli air raid that destroyed the 11-story al-Jalaa constructing, which housed Al Jazeera and Related Press places of work, in Might 2021.
All these blatant Israeli crimes in opposition to journalists are critical violations of the Geneva Conventions and UN Safety Council Decision 2222 on the safety of journalists. In addition they might be thought-about struggle crimes. But Israelis, the so-called “Yahweh’s chosen individuals” don’t care about all these mundane ethical legal guidelines.
As a result of the truth that Shireen Abu Akleh has been a media icon, whose face and stories have reached nearly each home within the Arab World and plenty of within the West attributable to Al-Jazeera broadcasting, her homicide had despatched a shock wave all through the world. Israel’s terrorist ugly face was uncovered yet one more time.
To protects its picture Israeli authorities first claimed that Palestinian “terrorists” had shot Abu Akleh whereas exchanging skirmishes with the Israeli forces. When this foolish infantile clarification was refuted by many eyewitnesses on the bottom and video movies proving that there was no trade of fireplace on the time of the homicide, the Israeli authorities circulated a video of a gunman firing down an alley claiming that he had shot Abu Akleh.
The irony right here is that the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem had carried out an investigation of the video by its native researcher, and confirmed that the gunman was firing down an alley within the densely populated refugee camp that was nowhere close to the doorway to the camp the place Abu Akleh and different journalists had been shot.
A video clip of the trouble to rescue Abu Akleh reveals that anybody who approached her was fired on, which means that the group of journalists was below deliberate assault and never simply topic to indiscriminate fireplace.
Why would a Palestinian fighter goal a Palestinian journalist and people Palestinians, who had been attempting to retrieve her physique?
Instantly after the homicide of Abu Akleh, the Israeli forces raided and ransacked her East Jerusalem house in an occasion to forestall any gathering there whereas the household was making preparations for her funeral.
However younger Palestinians insisted on carrying Abu Akleh’s physique on their shoulders, wrapped with the Palestinian flag and flowers, all the best way from Jenin to Ramallah, to the Palestinian Authority headquarters, the place she acquired an official procession accompanied by the Palestinian nationwide anthem to bid her farewell and honor; a procession as superb as that of late PLO chief Arafat.
Abu Akleh’s physique was then carried once more to a hospital within the previous metropolis of Jerusalem in preparation for carrying it to the close by church for the final non secular Christian rites. What many readers might not be conscious of is that Abu Akleh is a really well-known Christian Palestinian prolonged household. Just like the remainder of the Christian and Moslem Palestinian households, the Abu Akleh household had suffered an excellent deal from the Zionist Israeli occupation, which confiscated lots of Abu Akleh’s properties and evicted them out of their houses and land, in Nazareth, Haifa, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. The Christian Western world, particularly these Zionist Christians, ought to take discover that the Judaic non secular perception considers Christians in addition to all different non-Jewish nations, the goys, as animal souls, the racist Judaic god Yahweh, had created in human our bodies solely to serve the Jews; his chosen individuals.
In 1948, through the Palestinian Nakba; Zionist occupation of Palestine, navy Jewish gangs slaughtered Christian in addition to Moslem Palestinians indiscriminately. They raided and burned each church buildings and mosques whereas defiling and looting non secular artifacts. Israeli Jewish college students at Judaic non secular faculties; yeshivas have the behavior of insulting and spitting on Christian Clergy on the street of Previous Jerusalem, writing insulting graffiti, and burning property of Christian church buildings, they take satisfaction in blasphemy in opposition to Jesus Christ and his virgin mom.
In distinction, Islam venerates Jesus (calls him Issa) and his mom Meriam. The Qur’an; Muslim’s holy guide, dedicates a big chapter; Surat Miriam, venerating the Virgin Mary, one thing Christians themselves haven’t performed.
Crowds of Palestinian mourners tried to hold Shireen Abu Akleh’s physique casket on their shoulders from the hospital to the close by church, as it’s customary, however because the casket was carried out of the hospital’s gates, they had been brutally attacked by a whole bunch of Israeli police and safety forces with batons, stun and smoke grenades
that just about triggered the pallbearers to drop Abu Akleh’s casket to the bottom.
Even on the graveyard, the Israeli forces tried to cease crowds of mourners to attend the burial ceremony. What’s the logic behind such vulgarity? The Israelis don’t respect the sanctity of the lifeless nor the unhappy emotions of the mourners. That’s Israelis for you!
You’d assume Israel would calm down a bit on its genocidal aggressive ethnic cleaning insurance policies, however they didn’t. Residence demolition continued; 5 extra house demolitions happened on Wednesday; a home within the Jabal Mukaber city, a second in Beit Hanina, a 3rd in Al-Walaja west of Bethlehem, a fourth in Silwan, and an condominium in Isawiya. Extremist Israeli settlers attacked a household in Al-Tur in Jerusalem, took over the home, and kicked the Palestinian household into the streets. Terrorist Israeli Demise Forces (TIDF) raided the home of murdered victims of the Hmaidan brothers in Bidu city. A younger Palestinian was shot within the previous metropolis of Jerusalem.
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The blatant focused homicide of Shireen Abu Akleh will not be a singular occasion in occupied Palestine. She has not been the primary, and I concern that she received’t be the final Palestinian journalist to be murdered by this brutal Israeli occupation regime.
Terrorist Israeli Demise Forces (TIDF) in addition to their Zionist Judaic authorities don’t differentiate between one goy journalist or one other.