Israel's record on investigating journalists' killings

Al Jazeera's veteran TV journalist Shireen Abu Akleh seen while reporting for the Qatar-based news channel from Jerusalem on May 22, 2021

Al Jazeera’s veteran TV journalist Shireen Abu Akleh seen while reporting for the Qatar-based news channel from Jerusalem on May 22, 2021

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Following the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera News Today Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh during a raid in the occupied West Bank, AFP has looked at the Israeli army’s record of probing previous journalist deaths.

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The Qatar-based TV channel alleged that Palestinian-American Abu Akleh, 51, who was wearing a blue flak vest marked “Press”, was killed deliberately by an Israeli soldier on May 11.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said an initial investigation had not determined whether she was killed by stray Palestinian gunfire or an Israeli bullet aimed at a militant.

But the army has said that if an Israeli soldier fired the deadly bullet, it did not appear that the soldier was guilty of criminal misconduct.

Palestinian mourners carry the casket of slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during her funeral procession in Jerusalem on May 13, 2022

Palestinian mourners carry the casket of slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during her funeral procession in Jerusalem on May 13, 2022

Several human rights groups that are prominent critics of Israel told AFP that the IDF’s record of accountability in similar cases had been dismal.

Roy Yellin of B’Tselem — the first Israeli group to publicly allege that Israel’s treatment of Palestinians amounts to “apartheid” — charged that investigations usually amount to “an organised cover-up” that aim “not to bring about truth and accountability but, on the contrary, to prevent them”.

Israel’s military has described its internal justice processes as “robust”.

– What is the recent history?-

An image grab from Al Jazeera footage shows veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh after she was fatally shot in Jenin in the occupied West Bank on May 11, 2022

An image grab from Al Jazeera footage shows veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh after she was fatally shot in Jenin in the occupied West Bank on May 11, 2022

According to Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF), at least 30 journalists, mostly Palestinians, have been killed by Israeli fire in the West Bank and Gaza since 2000, mostly while reporting.

The group recorded no such deaths inside Israel over the same period.

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