The Israeli ambassador to Washington, Michael Herzog, has referred to the call for an investigation as ‘unfair’
On 20 May, over 50 US lawmakers petitioned the FBI to open an investigation into the murder by Israeli forces of Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Aqla. In a letter addressed to US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, and FBI Director Christopher Wray, 57 House members, led by Representative Andre Carson, said that as an American, Shireen Abu Aqla was entitled to the full protections afforded to US citizens living abroad, and further, that: “Given the tenuous situation in the region and the conflicting reports surrounding the death of Ms. Abu Akla, we request the State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation launch an investigation into Ms. Abu Aqla’s death”.
Two days ago, media outlet Haaretz reported that the Israeli Military Police Criminal Investigation Division has no plans to investigate the killing. According to the report, occupation authorities believe that questioning Israeli forces will cause controversy among the army and society. Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Michael Herzog, commented on the letter by US lawmakers, saying that it was not a “fair” representation of what happened. Abu Aqla was deliberately targeted and shot in the head by Israeli troops as she was covering a raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank.On 21 May, Al-Jazeera confirmed the veracity of a new video which shows the moments leading up to the murder.
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