We shouldn’t downplay the threat posed by a return to power by Netanyahu, a criminal defendant who caused great damage to the fabric of Israeli life, undermined its democratic institutions, eroded its values and is willing to cooperate with Kahanists to regain power. But this threat should not obscure the substance of Rinawie Zoabi’s arguments, which deserve serious attention. Not every abomination can be koshered by citing Netanyahu, Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotric
Hundreds gathered in rallies organized by Hadash and the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) on Wednesday and Thursday to protest the death of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, who was killed by Israeli occupation forces and in the West Bank.
200 people demonstrated in Haifa, waving Palestinian flags, holding pictures of Abu-Aqleh and carrying signs bearing texts in Hebrew and Arabic reading “Occupation = terror.” “We stand here this evening in protest of the murder of the journalist Abu Aqleh today in Jenin,” Raja Zaatry, chairman of the Haifa branch of the Hadash, said. He described Abu Akleh’s killing as “a grave crime that is added to the many crimes of the occupation, which is the main and daily terror in this country.”
This is not just about damage to Israel’s image. This is a definitive incident that revealed the full ugliness of life under Israel’s occupation. No PR in the world can repair the damage, because there is no “narrative” that justifies the Israel Police’s conduct.
This is not only about contempt for the pain and grief of the Palestinians; it is about a fundamentally wrong attitude toward the Palestinian flag. This is the flag of the Palestinian Authority – an entity established as part of a deal with Israel, a deal that among other things enshrines the security cooperation that Israel has enjoyed for almost 30 years – and it is recognized by the whole world, including Israel.
World criticism mounts over the shooting of Al Jazeera journalist as dispute over chain of events grows
Nach dem Tod einer Journalistin im Westjordanland hat der UNO-Sicherheitsrat eine Aufarbeitung des Falles gefordert. „Die Mitglieder des Sicherheitsrates forderten eine sofortige, gründliche, transparente, faire und unparteiische Untersuchung ihrer Tötung und betonten die Notwendigkeit, Rechenschaft abzulegen“, hieß es in einer Mitteilung des mächstigsten UNO-Gremiums.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. was „deeply troubled by the images of Israeli police intruding into the funeral procession of Palestinian American Shireen Abu Akleh,“ adding „every family deserves to lay their loved ones to rest in a dignified and unimpeded manner.“
Blinken’s rebuke came shortly after U.S. President Joe Biden said „I don’t know all the detail, but I know it has to be investigated“ when asked about Israeli forces‘ action at the funeral.
Ayman Mohyeldin remembers his friend and colleague, Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed today reporting on an Israeli military raid in the West Bank.
Israeli police attacked a funeral procession for slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Friday, beating mourners with batons and causing them to almost drop the coffin.
Thousands of mourners, some hoisting Palestinian flags and chanting “Palestine, Palestine,” attended the funeral for the Palestinian-American reporter, who witnesses say was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Wednesday while covering a military raid in the occupied West Bank.
The mourners tried to march with the coffin on foot out of a hospital to a Catholic church in the nearby Old City.
– Palestinian television personality Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, killed in West Bank raid
– Qatar claims Israeli security forces ’shot her in the face‘ as she wore PRESS vest
– Israel said it is investigating the possibility she was hit by ‚Palestinian gunmen‘
– Another Palestinian was shot and wounded in the raid but is in stable conditio
The Palestinian Health Ministry said Shireen Abu Akleh, a Jerusalem-based journalist for Al Jazeera, was hit in the head by live fire. The Israeli military said in a statement that it was looking into „a possibility, now being looked into, that reporters were hit – possibly by shots fired by Palestinian gunmen.“
A second reporter, Ali Samodi, sustained a gunshot wound to the back and is in stable condition, the Health Ministry said.