Israeli police confront with mourners as they carry the casket of slain Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during her funeral in east Jerusalem, Friday, May 13, 2022. Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American reporter who covered the Mideast conflict for more than 25 years, was shot dead Wednesday during an Israeli military raid in the West Bank town of Jenin. (AP Photo/Maya Levin)

Assessment: US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Israel has already decided that Israel is guilty: “Abu Akleh was shot and killed by an Israeli sniper…in what was likely a targeted assassination.” “During his upcoming meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, President Biden must obtain the names of the soldiers responsible for killing Shireen, along with that of their commanding officer, so that these individuals can be fully prosecuted for their crimes by the Department of Justice.” 

Shireen Abu Akleh, a Catholic Palestinian journalist for Al Jazeera and US citizen, was shot and killed while covering a gun battle initiated by Palestinian terrorists who attacked Israeli forces during an operation in Jenin on May 11, 2022. The Palestinian Authority immediately blamed Israel through the PA’s chief pathologist, who examined the body, and said he could not “declare any information” concerning who fired the bullet that killed her. The PA refused to allow any investigation into the incident, withholding the bullet from any examination. The bullet is of a type used by both Israeli soldiers and Palestinian terrorists.

Israel rejected the accusation, noting Palestinian terrorists were filmed shooting indiscriminately and saying they had hit an Israeli soldier even though no soldiers were wounded, possibly indicating they had shot Abu Akleh.

If anyone kills any human being, he shall be put to death. Leviticus 24:17 (The Israel BibleTM)

The media was quick to publish baseless accusations against Israel. CNN went so far as to claim that “Abu Akleh was killed in a targeted attack by Israeli forces.” CAMERA, a media watchdog, slammed the CNN report, noting the extreme bias of the “eyewitnesses” and covering up alternative theories. The Los Angeles Times upped the ante, claiming that the Israeli government played a role in Abu Akleh’s killing.

Never willing to miss an opportunity to condemn Israel,  the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a statement saying it is “deeply disturbing that Israeli authorities have not conducted a criminal investigation.” It should be emphasized that no investigation could be conducted without inspecting the bullet that killed the reporter.

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