GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – JOURNALIST ASSASSINATED

Shireen Abu Akleh, 51-year old American-Palestinian correspondent for  Al Jazeera has just been assassinated by skilled  IDF snipers stationed on rooftops, in Jenin , Occupied West Bank. 

She and a group of other journalists,  wearing blue flak jackets and helmets marked as ‘PRESS’, were stationed near an entrance to Jenin refugee camp when they came under fire. 

Shireen Abu Akleh was shot in the head, in an exposed area below her ear, killing her instantly. Another Palestinian journalist, Ali Samoudi, was shot in the back. He was treated at a local hospital and was reported to be in stable condition.

Israeli officials  claim to have a video showing that Shireen Abu Akleh  was killed by Palestinian gunfire. But the Jenin field officer for the Israeli human  rights NGO B’tselem, by comparing  the location depicted in the IDF video with the location where the journalist was shot, was able to say that the IDF was lying.

There has been an outpouring of grief by Palestinians  for the loss of this so very highly respected journlist. For over 3 decades she  reported from nearly every flashpoint in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem , telling the stories of both   Palestinians and Israelis. 

Palestinian lawmaker and former prisoner Khalida Jarrar told Al Jazeera, : “Shireen was always my voice from the prison cells…Shireen was our voice. It is unbelievable. It is a crime, it is all clear – intentional and direct targeting. She was targeted. It’s clear.” 

Another Palestinian journalist deliberately targeted. Not the first and not the last as long as the Israelis know they have impunity. The Israelis do not want Palestinians to have a voice. 

Is there going to be any reaction from American officials or American media or theAmerican public. Shereen was an Anerican citizen.

Any reaction here in New Zealand? 

WHERE IS OUR HUMANITY

Israel is a rogue violent State. 

What does it take for people to get ANGRY?  

Lois Griffiths is a Human Rights Activist.

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