Shireen Abu Aqleh: UN Security Council Condemns Murder of Journalist | Israel
The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the killing of Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh while she was covering an Israeli army raid in the occupied West Bank, diplomats said.
In a rare unanimous statement, the security council also called for “an immediate, thorough, transparent and impartial investigation into his assassination”.
According to diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity, the negotiations on the declaration were particularly arduous.
China has successfully pressured the United States to remove paragraphs exposing abuses against media around the world, defending their freedom and urging their protection while covering military operations, according to diplomatic sources and different versions of the statement obtained. by Agence France-Presse during the discussions.
The final text simply says that “journalists must be protected as civilians” and does not mention the violence at Abu Aqleh’s funeral on Friday.
On Saturday, the Israeli police chief ordered an investigation into the officers’ actions at the funeral.
“The Israel Police Commissioner, in coordination with the Minister of Public Security, has ordered an investigation into the incident,” police said in a statement.
Earlier, the United States said it was “deeply disturbed to see the footage of Israeli police interfering with his funeral procession.”
Joe Biden’s Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said, “Every family deserves to be able to rest their loved ones in a dignified and uninhibited manner.”
The EU said it was “appalled by the violence within the grounds of St Joseph’s Hospital and the unnecessary level of force exerted by Israeli police throughout the funeral procession”.
UN Secretary General António Guterres was also “deeply disturbed” by the violence, according to a spokesman.
Television footage showed pallbearers struggling to keep Abu Aqleh’s coffin from falling to the ground as Israeli police charged them, grabbing Palestinian flags from mourners.
Abu Aqleh, a prominent Al Jazeera journalist, was killed while covering the unrest in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. The Qatar-based network claimed she was deliberately targeted by Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett initially said armed Palestinians were “probably” responsible, but Israel has since backed down and said it was investigating.