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Palestine blames Israel for killing of Al Jazeera journalist in West Bank raid

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A memorial procession was held in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah to mourn the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American journalist with Al Jazeera who covered the Mideast conflict for more than 25 years. She was killed Wednesday during an Israeli military raid in the West Bank town of Jenin. Her death captured worldwide sympathy and condemnations of her killing.

“We are absolutely heartbroken to learn of the killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and injuries to her producer Ali Samoudi today in the West Bank,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said at his daily briefing Wednesday. “We send our deepest condolences to Shireen’s family, her friends and loved ones and strongly condemn her killing, as we do, the killing of journalists around the world.”

With the sympathy for the Al Jazeera journalist and condemnations of her killing came calls for investigation. A senior United Nations diplomat asked “for those responsible to be held accountable.” On Thursday, the head of the Palestinian Authority blamed Israel for her death and rejected Israeli calls for a joint investigation.

“We hold the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for killing her, and they cannot hide the truth with this crime,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said. “We have refused and rejected the joint investigation with the Israeli authorities because they are the ones who committed the crime and because we do not trust them and we will immediately go to the International Criminal Court to prosecute the criminals.”

Israel initially suggested Abu Akleh might have been shot by Palestinian militants but has since backtracked. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett commented on the investigation Thursday.

“At this stage, the Palestinian Authority denies any possibility of a joint investigation or even access to the basic findings required to get to the truth,” Prime Minister Bennett said. “I therefore reiterate my expectation of an open, transparent and full cooperation of the findings, and I also expect the Palestinian Authority not to take any steps to disrupt the investigation or to contaminate the investigation process, in a way that we will not be able to reach the truth.”

Abu Akleh was killed while covering an Israeli military raid in Jenin. The city has emerged as a militant bastion in recent weeks. Palestinians have carried out a series of deadly attacks and Israel has launched military raids across the West Bank.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jimmie Johnson: A MEMORIAL PROCESSION WAS HELD TODAY FOR THE AL JAZEERA JOURNALIST WHO WAS FATALLY SHOT WHILE COVERING AN ISRAELI MILITARY OPERATION.
SHIREEN ABU AKLEH IS ONE OF THE ARAB WORLD’S MOST PROMINENT JOURNALISTS- COVERING THE REGION FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES.
IN THE HOURS AFTER HER DEATH – HER NAME WAS TRENDING ACROSS TWITTER ALONG WITH SUPPORT FOR PALESTINIANS.
Riyad Mansour | Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine at the United Nations: “We want this global outcry to be translated into concrete steps to go after those criminals who have led to the assassination of a wonderful, outstanding Palestinian journalist working for Al Jazeera.”
Jimmie Johnson: AL JAZEERA AND WITNESSES SAY ABU AKLEH WAS KILLED BY ISRAELI GUNFIRE.
ISRAEL SAYS IT’S UNCLEAR WHO IS RESPONSIBLE.
TODAY PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS VOWED TO TAKE HER DEATH TO INTERNATIONAL.

Riyad Mansour | Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine at the United Nations: “It would be an appropriate thing and in line of the global condemnation of this action and calling for the defense of journalists in carrying their noble duty, in covering, you know, events on the ground and asking, you know, for having an international independent investigation.”
Jimmie Johnson: THE ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCE SAID THEY WERE IN THE AREA TO CONDUCT COUNTER-TERRORISM OPERATIONS.
A RECENT SERIES OF ATTACKS HAVE KILLED 18 PEOPLE IN ISRAEL, PROMPTING THE MILITARY RAIDS THAT ABU AKLEH AND HER TEAM WERE COVERING.
HER DEATH NOW ADDS ANOTHER TRAGEDY TO THE SPIRALING CONFLICT SHE HAD COVERED FOR SO MANY YEARS.

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A memorial procession was held in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah to mourn the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American journalist with Al Jazeera who covered the Mideast conflict for more than 25 years. She was killed Wednesday during an Israeli military raid in the West Bank town of Jenin. Her death captured worldwide sympathy and condemnations of her killing.

“We are absolutely heartbroken to learn of the killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and injuries to her producer Ali Samoudi today in the West Bank,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said at his daily briefing Wednesday. “We send our deepest condolences to Shireen’s family, her friends and loved ones and strongly condemn her killing, as we do, the killing of journalists around the world.”

With the sympathy for the Al Jazeera journalist and condemnations of her killing came calls for investigation. A senior United Nations diplomat asked “for those responsible to be held accountable.” On Thursday, the head of the Palestinian Authority blamed Israel for her death and rejected Israeli calls for a joint investigation.

“We hold the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for killing her, and they cannot hide the truth with this crime,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said. “We have refused and rejected the joint investigation with the Israeli authorities because they are the ones who committed the crime and because we do not trust them and we will immediately go to the International Criminal Court to prosecute the criminals.”

Israel initially suggested Abu Akleh might have been shot by Palestinian militants but has since backtracked. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett commented on the investigation Thursday.

“At this stage, the Palestinian Authority denies any possibility of a joint investigation or even access to the basic findings required to get to the truth,” Prime Minister Bennett said. “I therefore reiterate my expectation of an open, transparent and full cooperation of the findings, and I also expect the Palestinian Authority not to take any steps to disrupt the investigation or to contaminate the investigation process, in a way that we will not be able to reach the truth.”

Abu Akleh was killed while covering an Israeli military raid in Jenin. The city has emerged as a militant bastion in recent weeks. Palestinians have carried out a series of deadly attacks and Israel has launched military raids across the West Bank.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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