Over 20 US senators despatched a letter to President Joe Biden on Thursday calling for Washington to be “directly involved” in investigating the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot and killed over a month in the past whereas masking Israeli army raids within the occupied West Bank.
“Since that time, there has been no significant progress toward the establishment of an independent, thorough, and transparent investigation into her killing,” learn the letter, obtained by Al Arabiya English, signed by 24 Democrat senators.
The US has repeatedly stated that Israel was able to finishing up a radical, unbiased investigation and has refused to get entangled. Washington has additionally referred to as on Palestinian and Israeli officers to work on the investigation collectively.
Palestinian officers have rebuffed Israeli affords for a joint investigation and refuse handy over the bullet believed to have killed Abu Akleh.
Today, 24 of us are calling upon @POTUS to make sure direct U.S. involvement within the investigation into the taking pictures demise of American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, so that every one events can have faith within the findings and to make sure accountability. pic.twitter.com/HqwOFm4zg0
— Senator Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) June 23, 2022
“In order to protect freedom of the press, a thorough and transparent investigation under US auspices must be conducted to get to the truth and provide accountability for the killing of this American citizen and journalist,” learn the letter, led by Senator Chris Van Hollen.
Abu Akleh, a reporter for Al Jazeera, was shot and killed whereas reporting on the Israeli army raid in Jenin with Palestine and her outlet accusing the Israeli army of killing her. Video footage confirmed Abu Akleh, 51, sporting a flak jacket with “Press” clearly seen. Israel has rejected accountability.
As her casket was being carried the subsequent day, tons of of Palestinians have been seen hoisting the Palestinian flag and chanting. Shortly after, Israeli forces rushed on the mourners, attacking them with batons, together with the pallbearers and resulting in the coffin dropping.
On Thursday, the US lawmakers instructed Biden that the American authorities had an obligation to make sure an neutral and open investigation into her killing. “It is clear that neither of the parties on the ground trust the other to conduct a credible and independent investigation,” the letter learn, referring to Palestinians and Israelis.
“Therefore, at this point, we believe the only way to achieve that goal is for the United States to be directly involved in investigating Ms. Abu Akleh’s death,” the senators stated.
This letter comes after the same letter from over 50 members of Congress demanded the State Department and FBI launch their very own investigation into Abu Akleh’s killing.
Thursday’s letter stated the senators “join in that request,” particularly after “new information that has emerged in recent weeks.”
They have been referring to investigations by The Washington Post, CNN and The Associated Press, which all concluded that “there was no Palestinian gunfire emanating from the location of the shooting” when Abu Akleh was shot and killed.