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LINK Why Did Israel Execute Shireen Abu-Akleh? - Steve Salaita

"Immediately after Israeli soldiers executed Al-Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu-Akleh and fired at a group of her colleagues, observers began asking how such a horrible thing could happen. Why would Israel murder a journalist well-known throughout the Arab World? A noncombatant wearing appropriate press gear? A high-profile Palestinian with U.S. citizenship? At best, it seemed like a terrible PR move. It didn’t make any sense.

Except it did make sense. In fact, from a certain point of view killing Abu-Akleh was painfully sensible."

WilliamCharles 8 May 14

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Bertrand Russell got it.


"Oh, the lies. They pour freely forth from the mouths of Israeli leaders and army officers.

Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh murdered by IDF in Jenin

The IDF was in the midst of an operation to kidnap Palestinians suspected of militant activities in Jenin.  Several Palestinian journalists were on the scene to cover the operation.  Four of them were gathered together. They were nowhere near any firing or conflict.  They stood by themselves and were clearly identified by the Press vests and helmets they wore. Shireen Abu-Akleh was shot in the head:

Another Al Jazeera journalist, Ali Samoudi, was also wounded after being shot in the back. He is now in a stable condition, and said that there were no Palestinian fighters present when the journalists were shot, directly disputing an Israeli statement that referenced the possibility.

“We were going to film the Israeli army operation and suddenly they shot us without asking us to leave or stop filming,” said Samoudi. “The first bullet hit me and the second bullet hit Shireen … there was no Palestinian military resistance at all at the scene.”

Shatha Hanaysha, a Palestinian journalist who was present next to Abu Akleh when she was shot, also told Al Jazeera that there had been no confrontations between Palestinian fighters and the Israeli army, and said that the group of journalists had been targeted.

“We were four journalists, we were all wearing vests, all wearing helmets,” Hanaysha said. “The [Israeli] occupation army did not stop firing even after she collapsed. I couldn’t even extend my arm to pull her because of the shots. The army was adamant on shooting to kill.”"



What you get with theocracy type government

bobwjr Level 10 May 14, 2022

"The secular early Zionists quoted intensively from the Bible to show that there was a divine imperative to colonize Palestine,  or in their discourse, to redeem Eretz Israel. But in fact the Bible is not a very useful text for reinventing a Jewish nation: the father of the nation, Abraham, was not from Palestine, the Hebrews became a nation in Egypt and the Ten Commandments were given to them in Egypt (the Sinai). . . .

(Pappe, I. (2016). “The Bible in the service of Zionism: “we do not believe in God, but he nonetheless promised us Palestine” in I. Hjelm and T. L. Thompson, eds., History, Archaeology and the Bible Forty Years After “Historicity”, 1st ed. Oxon, Routledge, p. 206.)"



There doesn't seem to be any respect for non-israeli journalists in Israel.



I believe it’s possible that she was killed by an Israeli soldier, but I seriously doubt it was state sanctioned. If the Israeli Government wanted her assassinated they would have been much more discrete.

It’s horrific she was killed. Many of the fingers are pointing toward Israel for her death and as much as I dislike right-leaning Likudnik Israeli attitudes towards Palestinians I feel compelled to reserve judgment until there is resolution of who is responsible for her death.

The lack of restraint in how police treated the mourners is definitely a case where Israelis can be criticized harshly, though we in the US have our own shameful issues with unbridled police actions. And we have our own problems electing right wing nutters into power out of exploitable fear of the Other.

There is also Palestinian intransigence previously more secular but now driven by Islamic extremism. I fear more reasonable moderate voices are being drowned out by that shift over the past several decades though admittedly it must be difficult to be reasonable and moderate in Gaza and the settling encroachment in the West Bank has been more than a tad obnoxious over the years. IMO two-state negotiation starts with pre-67 borders and concessions of guaranteed security for Israeli Jews on the Palestinian side. Jerusalem should be an international city with multipartite administration. Good luck with that. We’re doomed by self-fulfilling prophecies, especially those of Christian Zionists who see Jews as expendable fodder for their end-times fantasies.

I think Israel’s track record supports the notion that it was an assassination. These things are done to send a message, and no discretion is needed because they are allowed to act in this manner with impunity. The IDF has been quoted saying their snipers know where every bullet lands. Their original lie was that Abu Akleh was caught in the crossfire, but this bullet was threaded past her protective gear. I do not consider Salaita's rhetoric over the top, despite only a preliminary investigation having taken place. Israel’s wanton disregard, and at other times actual targeting of press and photo journalists is a de facto open season on any media they consider unfriendly to them ("unfriendly" deemed anyone who might dare to tell the truth about them).


"Three separate journalists, not for Palestinian news outlets, have reported being attacked by Israeli forces. While Israel says that it carefully considers each shot fired, if believed, would leave no other conclusion than that the IDF was intentionally trying to harm or liquidate journalists covering the conflict on the Israeli border. Specific information was reported by an Al-Jazeera reporter, who gave the following report to France24 news:

On Monday, protests at the Gaza border left 60 Palestinians dead and more than 2,000 wounded. Many images show people attacked by tear gas drones and injured by live bullets fired by Israeli snipers. Some videos suggest that the Israeli army is intentionally aiming at journalists covering these events."



"Why should these Palestinians, who have lived in Jerusalem for hundreds of years, be evicted from their homes so that Jews from Brooklyn can live in them?"

~ Dr. Norman Finkelstein


Because like police states everywhere they're racist bastards.


Unchecked brutality.

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