The Imperative of Accountability for Shireen Abu Akleh’s Killing

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In this episode of Occupied Thoughts, FMEP’s Lara Friedman speaks with preeminent journalist Dalia Hatuqa about the killing of her friend and fellow journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on May 11, 2022, the myriad investigations that have been carried out, and the imperative of getting justice, which requires accountability.

You can see Dalia’s full bio and a compendium of her work at https://www.daliahatuqa.com

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Occupied Thoughts by FMEP · The Imperative of Accountability for Shireen Abu Akleh’s Killing
Recorded June 22, 2022

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Investigations

Israeli Statements

On Israel Investigating Itself

Biden Admin Response

5/11/22: Ned Price: “We call for an immediate and thorough investigation and full accountability. Investigating attacks on independent media and prosecuting those responsible are of paramount importance. We will continue to promote media freedom and protect journalists’ ability to do their jobs without fear of violence, threats to their lives or safety, or unjust detention. Her death is a tragic loss and an affront to media freedom everywhere.”

5/15/22: SecState Blinken: “We support an investigation of Shireen’s killing.  I had an opportunity to speak to – directly to her brother, Anton.  I believe other members of the family were on the phone and listening in.  I had a chance to express our deep condolences for her loss, our deep respect for the work that she did as a journalist for many years – widely respected around the world – as well as the need to have an immediate and credible investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death.”

5/19/22: QUESTION:  Last week, journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed in the West Bank.  Her news organization Al Jazeera holds Israeli’s military responsible for this.  Today the Israeli media is reporting that the IDF is not going to be conducting a criminal investigation into her death.  Her family is asking the U.S. to lead this investigation.  Will you? SECRETARY BLINKEN: “There should be a thorough investigation of her death.  I’ve spoken to her family — QUESTION:  Who will conduct that?  Who do you want to see conduct that? SECRETARY BLINKEN:  That remains to be seen, but we need a thorough investigation and a credible investigation into the death.  We’ll look to see who’s best placed to do that.  That does need to happen.”

5/20/22: Ned Price: “…we reiterate the administration’s call for a thorough and transparent investigation to determine the circumstances of her killing. Investigating attacks on independent media and prosecuting those responsible are of paramount importance. We urge countries around the world to pursue accountability for attacks on journalists anywhere. And we’ll continue to promote media freedom and to protect journalists’ ability to do their jobs without fear of violence, threats to their lives or safety, or unjust detention. So again, we’ve been clear that there must be a transparent and credible investigation of Ms. Abu Akleh’s killing, and that any such investigation must include accountability.”

5/24/22: Ned Price: “…We have reiterated to both Israel and to Palestinian officials our call for an investigation that is immediate, is thorough, transparent, and impartial into her killing. We do expect full accountability for those responsible for her killing. And importantly, we do expect both Israelis and Palestinians to keep us apprised of developments in their investigation and to share with us their findings. We deserve – but much more importantly, Ms. Abu Akleh’s family deserves – to understand the circumstances surrounding her death.

5/25/22: Ned Price: “We have made clear to both Israeli and Palestinian authorities that we expect the investigations to be transparent and impartial – a full, thorough accounting into the circumstances of the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh. We do expect full accountability for those responsible for her killing. Again, we are not going to prejudge that investigation. Both investigations are ongoing. We have conveyed to our partners that we do expect to be updated on the status of their investigations, but in the end, we want to see accountability.”

5/27/22: attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: “Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Israeli Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid regarding the importance of Israelis and Palestinians working to maintain calm. Secretary Blinken underscored the importance of concluding the investigations into the death of Palestinian-American Shireen Abu Akleh…”

Times of Israel 5/27/22: US won’t run own probe of Abu Akleh killing, hopes PA will share bullet with Israel

5/31/22: attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: “The Secretary emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Palestinian relationship, and the Administration’s support for a negotiated two-state solution. Secretary Blinken underscored the importance of concluding the investigations into the death of Palestinian-American Shireen Abu Akleh.”

5/31/22: Ned Price: “we urge the Israeli Government to swiftly conclude their investigation into the killing of the Shireen Abu Akleh. We expect full accountability for those responsible for her killing…we have urged that the sides share their evidence with each other to facilitate that investigation.”

Congress — letters

(INVESTIGATE DEATH OF PALESTINIAN-AMERICAN JOURNALIST) Carson-Corea letter to FBI Director Wray: On 5/16/22 The Intercept broke the story that Reps. Carson (D-CA) and Correa (D-CA) were circulating (for cosigners) a letter calling on the FBI to investigate the killing in the West Bank of Palestinian-American journalist Shrieen Abu Akleh. [For related Tweets & media reports, see the 5/20/22 edition of FMEP’s Legislative Round-Up]

(INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO KILLING OF SHIREEN ABU AKLEH) Ossoff-Romney letter to Blinken: On 6/6/22, Sens. Ossoff (D-GA) and Romney (R-UT) sent a letter to SecState Blinken about the killing of American-Palestinian journalists Shireen Abu Akleh. The senators urge the State Department to “ensure there is a full and transparent investigation and accountability for Ms. Akleh’s death” and asserts that “The killing of a U.S. citizen and of a journalist engaged in the work of reporting in a conflict zone is unacceptable. All over the world, journalists pursue truth and accountability at great personal risk. Press freedom is a core American value, and we cannot accept impunity when journalists are killed in the line of duty.” The letter concludes even more forcefully, stating: We insist that the Administration ensure a full and transparent investigation is completed and that justice is served for Ms. Akleh’s death. Please provide a detailed update on the progress of this effort within 30 days.” [For related Tweets & media reports, see the 6/10/22 edition of FMEP’s Legislative Round-Up]

(ENDORSE ISRAELI FRAMING RE: INVESTIGATION OF DEATH OF AMCIT JOURNALIST) Gottheimer et al letter to Blinken: On 6/3/22, Rep. Gottheimer (D-NJ) led a letter, signed by a total of 25 House members (bipartisan) embracing the Israeli government’s call for a joint Israeli-Palestinian investigation and attacking the Palestinian Authority for its “obstinate position” of refusing to turn over to Israel the bullet that killed Ms. Abu Akleh. The letter calls on Blinken to “ask the Palestinian Authority to provide access to the forensic evidence in Abu Akleh’s death for an independent investigation, so that all parties can reach a definitive conclusion about the events leading to her death, and hold all parties accountable.” [For related Tweets & media reports, see the 6/10/22 edition of FMEP’s Legislative Round-Up]

[NEW] (FBI MUST INVESTIGATE KILLING OF PAL-AMERICAN JOURNALIST) Van Hollen et al letter to Biden: On 6/23/22, Sen. Van Hollen (D-MD) led a letter, co-signed by 23 Senate colleagues (all Democrats), calling for the U.S. to be “directly involved in investigating Ms. Abu Akleh’s death.”  The letter notes: “It has now been over a month since American citizen and journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot to death while reporting on an Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin. Since that time, there has been no significant progress toward the establishment of an independent, thorough, and transparent investigation into her killing. We believe that, as a leader in the effort to protect the freedom of the press and the safety of journalists, and given the fact that Ms. Abu Akleh was an American citizen, the U.S. government has an obligation to ensure that a comprehensive, impartial, and open investigation into her shooting death is conducted — one in which all parties can have full confidence in the ultimate findings.  It is clear that neither of the parties on the ground trust the other to conduct a credible and independent investigation. Therefore, at this point, we believe the only way to achieve that goal is for the United States to be directly involved in investigating Ms. Abu Akleh’s death. Last month, 57 members of the House of Representatives requested that the State Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) launch an independent investigation under U.S auspices to determine the truth. We join in that request, which has been made even more urgent by the new information that has emerged in recent weeks.” Also see: Van Hollen (D-MD) press release; Americans for Peace Now press release

Members of Congress — statements/Tweets

Bennet (D-CO) 06/23/2022: Twitter thread – “The death of the American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is tragic and reprehensible. Freedom of the press demands safety for the press and journalists who put their lives at risk to report dangerous stories. I urge the Biden Administration to devote the full resources of our government to ensure a thorough investigation to uncover the circumstances of Ms. Akleh‘s death and provide answers that her family, and the American people, deserve.

Ossoff (D-GA) 06/23/2022: Press release – READOUT: Sen. Ossoff Call with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh […Sen. Ossoff also raised the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh, an American journalist shot to death while reporting in the West Bank last month. Sen. Ossoff requested information regarding the Palestinian Authority’s efforts to investigate Ms. Akleh’s death and reiterated his desire that all parties ensure a full, transparent, and unbiased investigation is completed.”]

Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) 06/20/2022: Retweet of @nytimes – “A New York Times investigation found that the bullet that killed Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian American journalist, was fired from the approximate location of an Israeli military convoy — most likely by a soldier from an elite unit. The Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh: Tracing a Bullet to an Israeli Convoy… | nyti.ms

Omar (D-MN-5) 06/20/2022: Tweet – “Since the @StateDept won’t do their own independent investigation. American media has, from the Associated Press, CNN, The Washington Post, and now The NYTimes, and they concluded that Israel is responsible for the death of journalist. @ABlinken how does Shireen get justice? Link to quoted tweet

Castro (D-TX-20) 06/20/2022: Retweet of @trbrtc – “The bullet that killed Shireen Abu Akleh came from the approx. position of an Israel military vehicle — most likely fired by a soldier from an elite unit. It was one of 16 bullets fired into the direction of 5 clearly marked journalists. Our investigation: The Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh: Tracing a Bullet to an Israeli Convoy… | nytimes.com

Leahy (D-VT) 05/20/2022: Tweet – “The killing of respected journalist Shireen Abu Akleh must be thoroughly and impartially investigated. Senator Leahy, in the #Congressional #Record. Statement On The Death Of Shireen Abu Akleh | U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Newman (D-IL-3) 05/20/2022: Twitter thread – “It’s been a busy week in Washington! …Co-signed a letter to the State Department and FBI urging them to investigate the killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh We’re back in the district next week!”

Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) 5/19/22: Instagram Live video, including (among other things) – killing of Shrieen Abu Akleh. Excerpt: “…they try to make it seem as though you know that believing that Palestinians are human beings that deserve human rights is like somehow inherently antisemitic. It’s not. And it’s insulting, I believe, to the actual profound amount of antisemitism that our Jewish brothers and sisters are confronting right now…[well worth listening to in full]

Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) 05/17/2022: Tweet – “The killing of Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Akela is tragic and heartbreaking. There must be a full investigation with submission of all forensics and cooperation from all parties.”

Durbin (D-IL) 05/16/2022: Tweet – “The killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is a tragic loss, and a reminder of the risks journalists take to bring us the truth. I urge all parties to participate in a timely, credible, and independent investigation of the events that led to her killing. Link to quoted tweet

Casten (D-IL-6) 05/15/2022: Tweet – “Not only am I horrified by the shooting of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, but I’m deeply disturbed by the attacks by Israeli police on mourners. Both atrocious attacks warrant thorough investigation.

Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23) 05/15/2022: Tweet – “I’m heartbroken by Shireen Abu Akleh’s tragic death. A swift, thorough, objective probe and accountability into her death and her producer’s injuries is needed. My condolences to her loved ones. Journalists must work without fear of violence. Press freedoms are vital.”

McCollum (D-MN-4) 05/14/2022: Retweet of @Harbpeace – “@BettyMcCollum04: “I’ve called for restrictions on US aid to Israel to ensure our tax dollars are not funding blatant human rights abuses – and such restrictions should certainly be applied to this situation if Israeli security forces are found responsible for Shireen’s death”

Schneider (D-IL-10) 05/14/2022: Twitter thread – “I want to extend my condolences to the family, community and coworkers of Al Jazeera journalist, and Palestinian American, Shireen Abu Akleh. The death of any journalist in the line of duty is a tragedy. I join the Administration in condemning Abu Akleh’s killing and call for a full and complete investigation of her death, and holding to account those responsible. This can only be achieved with cooperation between Palestinian and Israeli authorities. I was also disturbed by the scenes at her funeral, including video of people throwing objects at the procession and of police brutally assaulting mourners. Israel must investigate the events surrounding the funeral, including the actions of its police officers, and take corrective action to prevent such situations in the future. I continue to pray for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as all people throughout the region. I remain committed to seeking pathways, such as the historic Abraham Accords, to promote coexistence, mutual respect and shared prosperity.”

Beyer (D-VA-8) 05/13/2022: Retweet of @ChrisVanHollen – “Agree. This simply adds trauma on top of a tragedy. Need immediate accountability for these attacks on people mourning the death of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. And her killer must be brought to justice. Link to quoted tweet

Bowman (D-NY-16) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “Shireen Abu Akleh is a renowned Palestinian-American journalist whose tragic murder is an affront to the freedom of press and truth. A full investigation and accountability must follow. May she rest in power

Bowman (D-NY-16) 05/13/2022: Twitter thread – “No one should be attacked while mourning. There’s no excuse. This is a prime example of the inhumane treatment of Palestinians living under occupation. We need a full and independent investigation of Shireen Abu Allen’s murder and this abhorrent violence by the Israeli police. Link to quoted tweet Shireen Abu Akleh

Castro (D-TX-20) 05/13/2022: Retweet of @BarakRavid – “BREAKING: U.S. officials conveyed to the Israeli government a protest about the actions of the Israeli police during the funeral of Shireen Abu Akleh, U.S. & Israeli sources tell me. The sources said there is anger and frustration among Biden administration official over this”

Castro (D-TX-20) 05/13/2022: Retweet of @Rushdibbc – “The closest video of the #Israeli police suppressing the funeral procession of Shireen Abu Aqleh as the coffin was leaving the French hospital towards the cemetery Link to video

Castro (D-TX-20) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “I condemn the violence by the Israeli police at Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral. There must be an independent investigation into her murder and those responsible must be brought to justice. Link to quoted tweet

Connolly (D-VA-11) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “I am deeply saddened by the tragic killing of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Accountability for those responsible must be immediate, impartial, and transparent. I stand with my colleagues in Congress in defense of press freedom and the protection of journalists worldwide.

Dingell (D-MI-12) 05/14/2022: Tweet – “This is indefensible. We need a full, transparent, and independent investigation into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and these disturbing attacks by Israeli police on mourners. Those responsible for these actions must be held accountable.

Escobar (D-TX-16) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “The murder of Shireen Abu Akleh and the attacks on mourners by Israeli forces are horrific. Every person should be able to pray and mourn their loved ones safely and without fear of violence. Palestinians deserve better than this. Shireen deserves better than this. Link to quoted tweet

García (D-IL-4) 05/13/2022: Retweet of @SenSanders – “The attack by Israeli forces against mourners at the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is an outrage. The United States must condemn this, and demand an independent investigation into her killing.

Jacobs (D-CA-53) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “This is horrific and inexcusable. We need a full investigation into this violence and the death of Shireen Abu Akleh. Link to quoted tweet

Khanna (D-CA-17) 05/13/2022: Twitter thread – “We must have an independent investigation into the killing of renowned Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. I agree with Secretary Blinken that every family deserves to lay their loves ones to rest with dignity and in peace. Link to quoted tweet Once again I extend my deepest condolences to her family and all those mourning her loss.”

Levin (D-MI-9) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “Live coverage of Israeli officers attacking attendees of Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral, almost toppling the casket to the ground, disturbed me deeply. What can justify this?

Markey (D-MA) 05/13/2022: Twitter thread – “The killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is a tragedy and there must be a fair, thorough, and transparent investigation. Journalism is not a crime and there must be accountability for her murder. Using violent force against grieving mourners at a funeral is uncalled for and inexcusable. Israeli police must let Palestinians mourn the loss of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh without interference.”

Newman (D-IL-3) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “Shameful and horrifying. I can’t believe that I have to say this, but Palestinians should be able to pray, live and mourn without being violently attacked. The US government cannot continue turning a blind eye to this brutality. Link to quoted tweet

Omar (D-MN-5) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “This is just cruel. Link to quoted tweet

Sanders (I-VT) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “The attack by Israeli forces against mourners at the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is an outrage. The United States must condemn this, and demand an independent investigation into her killing.”

Sherrill (D-NJ-11) 05/13/2022: Twitter thread – “The killing of Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh is a horrific tragedy. There must be an independent investigation to hold those responsible accountable. Journalists bravely cover war, expose corruption, and hold the powerful to account. We must defend the right of journalists to safely report the news around the world.”

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “The brutal apartheid government of Israel. Link to quoted tweet

Warren (D-MA) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “The killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and the attacks on mourners by Israeli forces at her funeral are deeply disturbing. A free press is a cornerstone of democracy and journalists should not be killed for doing their jobs. We need a full independent investigation.”

Wild (D-PA-7) 05/14/2022: Retweet of @SecBlinken – “We were deeply troubled by the images of Israeli police intruding into the funeral procession of Palestinian American Shireen Abu Akleh. Every family deserves to lay their loved ones to rest in a dignified and unimpeded manner.”

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/13/2022: Retweet of @ArabsForBernie – “@BernieSanders @daveweigel This is truly indefensible and disrespectful, as is the killing of #ShireenAbuAkleh. Your silence is troubling. Link to video

Times of Israel 5/13/22: US lawmakers slam police rushing casket at funeral of Al Jazeera correspondent

Haaretz 5/12/22: Ambassador Says Rashida Tlaib ‘Undermines Justice’ in Blaming Israel for Journalist’s Death; also see: Israel ‘murdered’ reporter, Rep. Tlaib charges, drawing condemnation from ambassador (Times of Israel)

Business Insider 5/12/22: Ilhan Omar calls for Israel to be held accountable for ‘human rights violations’ over killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Warren (D-MD) 5/13/22: Tweet – “The killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and the attacks on mourners by Israeli forces at her funeral are deeply disturbing. A free press is a cornerstone of democracy and journalists should not be killed for doing their jobs. We need a full independent investigation.”

Levin (D-MD) 5/13/22: Tweet – “Live coverage of Israeli officers  attacking attendees of Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral, almost toppling the casket to the ground, disturbed me deeply. What can justify this?” Linked to Haaretz article, Clashes With Police Erupt at Palestinian Journalist’s Funeral Procession

Sanders (I-VT) 5/13/22: Tweet — “The attack by Israeli forces against mourners at the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is an outrage. The United States must condemn this, and demand an independent investigation into her killing.”

Markey (D-MA) 5/13/22: Thread – “The killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is a tragedy and there must be a fair, thorough, and transparent investigation. Journalism is not a crime and there must be accountability for her murder. Using violent force against grieving mourners at a funeral is uncalled for and inexcusable. Israeli police must let Palestinians mourn the loss of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh without interference.

Slotkin (D-MI-8) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “Journalism is not a crime & neither is attending a funeral. Shireen Abu Akleh was an American citizen performing important work of transparency in a conflict. The Israeli government is responsible for ensuring there is real accountability for her death. Link to quoted tweet

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/12/2022: Retweet of @AymanM – “My tribute and commentary about the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and the pursuit of accountability and Justice for Palestinians. Link to quoted tweet

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “Apartheid Israel. Link to quoted tweet

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/13/2022: Retweet of @DrHananAshrawi – “The sheer obscenity of #Israeli forces storming a hospital, beating up the mourners, & preventing them from carrying Shireen’s coffin to her final resting place is horrendous. Now they’re surrounding the hearse having separated it from the mourners, who themselves are besieged.”

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “This is sickening. Violent racism, enabled by $3.8B in unconditional military U.S. funds. For the Israeli apartheid govt, Shireen’s life didn’t matter – and her dehumanization continues after death. @StateDept: condemn this horror or does being Palestinian make you less American? Link to quoted tweet

Van Hollen (D-MD) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “Agree. This simply adds trauma on top of a tragedy. Need immediate accountability for these attacks on people mourning the death of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. And her killer must be brought to justice. Link to quoted tweet

Pressley (D-MA-7) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “The killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by Israeli forces is an attack on journalism and a devastating loss. We must condemn it and ensure accountability and an independent investigation.”

Murphy (D-CT) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “This is awful to watch. I’m traveling in Connecticut today but I have my team working to get answers about what happened here. Link to quoted tweet

Meeks (D-NY-5) 05/12/2022: Retweet of @SpeakerPelosi – “The killing of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is an horrific tragedy. A thorough, objective investigation is needed now. Congress is committed to the defense of press freedoms worldwide and protection of every journalist, particularly those in conflict zones.

Castro (D-TX-20) 05/13/2022: Retweet of @collinsdyl – “Horrible scenes in #Jerusalem as Israeli security forces beat mourners carrying the casket of slain journalist Shireen Abu Akleh Link to video”[also re-tweeted Barak Ravid Tweet – “BREAKING: U.S. officials conveyed to the Israeli government a protest about the actions of the Israeli police during the funeral of Shireen Abu Akleh, U.S. & Israeli sources tell me. The sources said there is anger and frustration among Biden administration official over this”

Deutch (D-FL-22) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “Today Shireen Abu Akleh is being laid to rest. Journalists must be protected from conflict. I join the US and Israel in calling for a full investigation into her tragic death. Link to quoted tweet

Bush (D-MO-1) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “The Israeli military killing of Shireen Abu Akleh is devastating and infuriating. I condemn this unacceptable attack on her, on Palestinians and the freedom and safety of journalists everywhere. There must be accountability, and we must demand an end to Israeli apartheid. Link to quoted tweet

Auchincloss (D-MA-4) 05/11/2022: Retweet of @SpeakerPelosi – “The killing of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is an horrific tragedy. A thorough, objective investigation is needed now. Congress is committed to the defense of press freedoms worldwide and protection of every journalist, particularly those in conflict zones.

Beyer (D-VA-8) 05/11/2022: Retweet of @StateDeptSpox – “We are heartbroken by and strongly condemn the killing of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank. The investigation must be immediate and thorough and those responsible must be held accountable. Her death is an affront to media freedom everywhere.”

Cardin (D-MD) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “I was disturbed to learn of the killing of Palestinian-American Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank earlier today. No journalist should be killed while simply doing their job. Link to image

Carson (D-IN-7) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “I join countless others in mourning the death of @AlJazeera journalist, #ShireenAbuAkleh, who was killed by Israeli military while on assignment. The U.S. must hold the Israeli government accountable for this and all other acts of unjust violence it commits.

Clarke (D-NY-9) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “I want to express my sincere condolences to the family of journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh. Some of them call New York’s 9th District home. This tragedy is yet another reason why we need a path to a two-state solution in the region. Shireen Abu Akleh, journalist killed in the West Bank, was ‘the voice of Palestinian suffering’ – CNN

Dingell (D-MI-12) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “The killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is horrifying & heartbreaking. Freedom of the press is paramount in any democracy. I join the Admin in calling for a thorough investigation to hold those responsible to account. Al Jazeera journalist fatally shot by Israeli forces in West Bank, network says… | washingtonpost.com

García (D-IL-4) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “Journalists should never be the target of violence with government impunity. Allegations that the IDF killed a journalist need to be taken seriously and investigated fully. Link to quoted tweet

Grijalva (D-AZ-3) 05/11/2022: Retweet of @UNHumanRights – “We are appalled at the killing of journalist #ShireenAbuAkleh while covering an Israeli military operation in Jenin, #Palestine. Our Office is on the ground verifying the facts. We urge an independent, transparent investigation into her killing. Impunity must end. Link to image

Khanna (D-CA-17) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “The killing of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is devastating and a blatant assault on the freedom of the press. My condolences are with her family and loved ones. Those responsible must be held accountable.”

Levin (D-MI-9) 05/11/2022: Twitter thread – “We rely on journalists being able to do their jobs safely and freely, especially on the frontlines of conflict. I’m horrified that Shireen Abu Akleh was fatally shot on the job covering a raid while clearly identifiable as press. (1/3) Al Jazeera journalist fatally shot by Israeli forces in West Bank, network says… | washingtonpost.com There must be a thorough investigation of the killing of Abu Akleh and an international commitment to accountability for the loss of a journalist known for bravery and accurate reporting. (2/3) Globally, in places as diverse as Palestine, Mexico and Russia, the international community must come together to defend the rights of the free press. (3/3)

Newman (D-IL-3) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “I am extremely concerned by reports that Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed by Israeli forces while wearing a press vest and reporting in the West Bank. We must protect the press and hold those accountable for this heinous crime. Veteran Al Jazeera journalist shot and killed by Israeli forces, according to journalists on scene… | pbs.org

Omar (D-MN-5) 05/11/2022: Twitter thread – “She was killed by the Israeli military, after making her presence as a journalist clearly known. We provide Israel with $3.8 billion in military aid annually with no restrictions. What will it take for accountability for these human rights violations? Link to quoted tweet This is happening as Israel razed the homes of 40 Palestinians yesterday, leaving them homeless. And as they plan to evict 1,000 from the West Bank—the largest mass expulsion since 1967. Again I ask: what will it take for real accountability? Israel resumes demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem as Ramadan ends – Middle East News – Haaretz.com

Omar (D-MN-5) 05/11/2022: Twitter thread – “Thank you to the @washingtonpost for talking to the witnesses of the shooting, instead of just reporting the disproven official narrative as fact. And for fact checking the video released by the Israeli government. May truth and justice prevail, always. Al Jazeera journalist fatally shot by Israeli forces in West Bank, network says… | washingtonpost.com   Link to reply @_Mark_zaks @washingtonpost The article literally says this video doesn’t match the scene of her murder. Please don’t spread propaganda. Follow the facts and eyewitness accounts. Link to image

Omar (D-MN-5) 05/11/2022: Retweet of @borzou – “Israeli human rights group uses geolocation to refute Israeli allegation that Palestinian gunmen shot Shireen Abu Akleh Link to quoted tweet

Omar (D-MN-5) 05/11/2022: Retweet of @mehdirhasan – ““Shireen’s producer told Al Jazeera they identified themselves to the Israelis as press & that the Israelis shot at them without asking them to leave or stop filming.” My commentary tonight on the killing of Al Jazeera journalist @ShireenNasri in Jenin: Link to video

Omar (D-MN-5) 05/12/2022: Retweet of @AymanM – “My tribute and commentary about the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and the pursuit of accountability and Justice for Palestinians. Link to quoted tweet

Pelosi (D-CA-12) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “The killing of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is an horrific tragedy. A thorough, objective investigation is needed now. Congress is committed to the defense of press freedoms worldwide and protection of every journalist, particularly those in conflict zones.

Murphy (D-CT) 5/11/2022: Press release – “Veteran American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was simply doing her job when she was shot and killed early this morning. Her heartbreaking death should be considered an attack on freedom of the press everywhere. There must be a thorough investigation and full accountability for those responsible.”

Pocan (D-WI-2) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “The US government’s condemnation of the killing of an American journalist is a welcome reaction to an untenable situation in Israel and Palestine. Restrictions on aid may be necessary if human rights and universally acceptable norms can’t be followed. White House Condemns Killing of Al Jazeera Reporter… | usnews.com

Schiff (D-CA-28) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “Deeply saddened to learn Shireen Abu Akleh – a Palestinian-American reporter – was killed. I’m praying for her family, her colleague, Ali Al-Samudi, and all members of the press who risk their lives doing their jobs. A thorough investigation is needed to ensure accountability.” Also see Schiff press release.

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/11/2022: Retweet of @ZainabFattah – “Congresswoman @RepRashida led a moment of silence for #ShireenAbuAkleh Link to quoted tweet

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “Palestinians are not disposable. Link to quoted tweet

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/11/2022: Retweet of @IlhanMN – “She was killed by the Israeli military, after making her presence as a journalist clearly known. We provide Israel with $3.8 billion in military aid annually with no restrictions. What will it take for accountability for these human rights violations? Link to quoted tweet

Van Hollen (D-MD) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “.@SpeakerPelosi is right. Anyone who believes in press freedom and justice should call for a thorough and independent investigation into the killing of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Link to quoted tweet

McCollum (D-MN-4) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “Shocking to learn that Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, a 51-year old U.S. citizen, was shot in the face and killed while reporting in the occupied West Bank. This must be condemned and investigated, and there must be accountability. Shireen Abu Akleh of Al Jazeera Is Killed in West Bank – The New York Times

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/11/2022: Twitter thread – “When will the world and those who stand by Apartheid Israel that continues to murder, torture and commit war crimes finally say: “Enough”? Shireen Abu Akleh was murdered by a government that receives unconditional funding by our country with zero accountability. Link to quoted tweet @POTUS: An American journalist clearly marked with press credentials was murdered. Doing and saying nothing just enables more killings. Whether you’re Palestinian, American, or not, being killed with U.S. funding must stop. What @POTUS said at WHCD: “We honor journalists killed, missing, imprisoned, detained, and tortured; covering war, exposing corruption, and holding leaders accountable. The free press is not the enemy of the people — far from it.  At your best, you’re guardians of the truth.