Abbas threatens to turn to ICC over Al Jazeera reporter’s killing

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The Palestinian Authority stood firm on its refusal to hold a joint investigation with Israel into the shooting death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, whose funeral procession made its way Thursday from Ramallah to Jerusalem.

“We have rejected a joint investigation with the Israeli authorities because they are the ones who committed the crime,” said PA President Mahmoud Abbas as he eulogized Abu Akleh at a state memorial ceremony in Ramallah.

Her flag-draped coffin, adorned with a wreath and a rose, was laid out in front of him in the courtyard of the Mukata. At one point a flak jacket with the word “press” was also placed on her coffin.

 Lebanese journalists hold pictures of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed during a live fire exchange between Palestinians and IDF in Jenin, to express solidarity, in front of the UN building in Beirut, Lebanon May 11, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMED AZAKIR)

Abbas pledged to seek justice by “immediately going to the International Criminal Court to prosecute the criminals” responsible for Abu Akleh’s death.

“So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, “The days of mourning for my father [a]are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” Genesis 27:41 

 Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas speaks during a meeting with journalists in the West Bank cityof Ramallah on July 03, 2019. (credit: FLASH90)

He said Abu Akleh was a “martyr of Palestine” and a symbol for Palestinian journalists and women, who used her “honest” and “patriotic” voice to portray the suffering of her people.

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