Shireen Abu Akleh: Al Jazeera submits case to ICC


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Al Jazeera has submitted a case to the International Criminal Court (ICC) regarding the murder of journalist Shirin Aboukaleh, who was shot in the head in May while covering the Israeli attack in Jenin in the occupied West Bank.

Al Jazeera announced in a statement: “Al Jazeera’s legal team has conducted a thorough and detailed investigation into this case and discovered new evidence based on several eyewitness accounts, review of several videos and forensic evidence related to this case.” .

The network claims new evidence and videos show the Palestinian-American journalist and his colleagues were shot directly at them by Israeli occupation forces in what Al Jazeera called a “deliberate killing”, a claim Israel has repeatedly denied.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday reiterated his longstanding opposition to any foreign official investigating the Israel Defense Forces.

“No one is going to investigate the soldiers of the Israeli army and no one is going to preach to us about the morality of war, certainly not Al-Jazeera,” Lapid said.

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The Israeli military referred CNN’s questions about the ICC case to the prime minister’s office and the foreign ministry, which declined to comment.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said during a press conference on Tuesday that the United States also opposes the referral of Abu Kahle’s case to the International Criminal Court.

“We continue our long-standing objection to the International Criminal Court’s investigation into the situation in Palestine and the position that the International Criminal Court should focus on its core mission of serving as a last resort and punishing and preventing atrocity crimes,” Price said.

The International Criminal Court confirmed on Tuesday that it had received a case from Al Jazeera.

“Under Article 15 of the Rome Statute, any person or group may transmit information (communications) about alleged crimes to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, who is required to protect the confidentiality of the information received,” the prosecutor’s office told CNN via email. .

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In September, the Israeli military admitted that there was a “high probability” that Abu Kalleh was killed “accidentally” by Israeli fire at “suspects identified as Palestinian gunmen during an exchange of fire.”

The IDF stated at the time that the IDF did not intend to pursue criminal charges or prosecute any of the soldiers involved.

CNN’s investigation, which was published two weeks after the killing of Abu Kalleh, indicates that the fatal bullet came from a position where Israeli army forces are stationed. An expert told CNN that the pattern of gunshots on a tree behind where he was standing at the time indicated that the gunfire was targeted, not random.

A CNN investigation has uncovered evidence — including two videos of the shooting — that there was no active fighting and no Palestinian militia near Aboukaleh in the moments leading up to Aboukaleh’s death.

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At the time of his death, he was wearing a suit that identified him as Pres.

Al Jazeera said on Tuesday that the Israeli authorities’ claim that Shirin was mistakenly killed in the exchange of fire is completely baseless. The documents submitted to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) confirm beyond any doubt that there was no shooting in the area where Shirin was located, other than direct fire by the IOF (Israeli Occupation Forces).

“The IOF’s investigation that there was no suspicion of wrongdoing is completely undermined by the evidence now presented to the OTP. “The evidence shows that this deliberate killing was part of a wider campaign to target and shut down Al Jazeera.”

According to Al Jazeera, the family of Aboukale also submitted an official complaint to the International Criminal Court in the beginning of this year to get justice for his death.

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