Al Jazeera wants court to probe Palestinian reporter’s death

Dec 5, 2022, 3:22 PM | Updated: Dec 6, 2022, 5:59 am
Lina Abu Akleh, niece of fatally shot Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, waits outside the In...

Lina Abu Akleh, niece of fatally shot Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, waits outside the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, after Al Jazeera presented a letter requesting a formal investigation into the killing. Palestinian officials, Abu Akleh's family and Al Jazeera accuse Israel of intentionally targeting and killing the 51-year-old journalist, a claim Israel denies. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

              Rodney Dixon, lawyer for Al Jazeera, and Lina Abu Akleh, niece of fatally shot Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, walk to to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, to present a letter requesting a formal investigation into the killing. Palestinian officials, Abu Akleh's family and Al Jazeera accuse Israel of intentionally targeting and killing the 51-year-old journalist, a claim Israel denies. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
            
              Rodney Dixon, lawyer for Al Jazeera, talks to security officers at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, holding a letter requesting a formal investigation into the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Palestinian officials, Abu Akleh's family and Al Jazeera accuse Israel of intentionally targeting and killing the 51-year-old journalist, a claim Israel denies. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
            
              Rodney Dixon, lawyer for Al Jazeera, center with letter, and Lina Abu Akleh, niece of fatally shot Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, second right, walk to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, to present a letter requesting a formal investigation into the killing. Palestinian officials, Abu Akleh's family and Al Jazeera accuse Israel of intentionally targeting and killing the 51-year-old journalist, a claim Israel denies. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
            
              Exterior view of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, where Al Jazeera presented a letter requesting a formal investigation into the fatal shototing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Palestinian officials, Abu Akleh's family and Al Jazeera accuse Israel of intentionally targeting and killing the 51-year-old journalist, a claim Israel denies. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
            
              Rodney Dixon, lawyer for Al Jazeera, center with letter, and Lina Abu Akleh, niece of fatally shot Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, right, walk to to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, to present a letter requesting a formal investigation into the killing. Palestinian officials, Abu Akleh's family and Al Jazeera accuse Israel of intentionally targeting and killing the 51-year-old journalist, a claim Israel denies. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
            
              Rodney Dixon, lawyer for Al Jazeera, third from left, and Lina Abu Akleh, niece of fatally shot Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, right, second left, answer questions during a press conference after presenting a letter requesting a formal investigation into the killing to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Palestinian officials, Abu Akleh's family and Al Jazeera accuse Israel of intentionally targeting and killing the 51-year-old journalist, a claim Israel denies. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
            
              Lina Abu Akleh, niece of fatally shot Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh waits outside the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, after presenting a letter requesting a formal investigation into the killing. Palestinian officials, Abu Akleh's family and Al Jazeera accuse Israel of intentionally targeting and killing the 51-year-old journalist, a claim Israel denies. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
            
              Lina Abu Akleh, niece of fatally shot Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, waits outside the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, after Al Jazeera presented a letter requesting a formal investigation into the killing. Palestinian officials, Abu Akleh's family and Al Jazeera accuse Israel of intentionally targeting and killing the 51-year-old journalist, a claim Israel denies. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

THE HAGUE (AP) — News channel Al Jazeera on Tuesday formally asked the International Criminal Court to investigate the fatal shooting of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh as she was reporting from a Palestinian refugee camp in May.

Al Jazeera has accused the Israeli government of specifically targeting its journalists, calling Abu Akleh’s death a war crime. The news outlet wants ICC prosecutor Karim Khan to include the reporter’s killing, as well as last year’s Israeli airstrike on Al Jazeera’s offices in the Gaza Strip, in his ongoing investigation into allegations of war crimes in the West Bank and Gaza.

“My family still doesn’t know who shot the deadly bullet,” Lena Abu Akleh, Shireen’s niece, told reporters during a press conference. The family submitted their own request for an ICC investigation in September.

Following international pressure, Israeli defense forces admitted it was likely that one of their soldiers shot the prominent correspondent while she was reporting on a military raid in the West Bank. The IDF denied the shooting was intentional and declared the case closed.

“No one will investigate (Israeli) soldiers and no one will preach to us about morals in warfare, certainly not Al-Jazeera,” Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement in response to Tuesday’s filing.

Al Jazeera saw the killing as yet another attack on the press freedom of Palestinians. “Palestinian journalists have been targeted for doing their jobs as journalists,” Cameron Doley, who is representing Al Jazeera, told reporters after submitting the complaint to the world’s only permanent court for atrocities crimes.

ICC prosecutors opened a preliminary examination into allegations of Israeli war crimes in Gaza and the occupied West Bank in 2015, but did not begin a formal investigation until last year after determining that the court had jurisdiction.

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched its own investigation into the deadly encounter after U.S. lawmakers were disappointed with the Israeli military’s response. Abu Akleh obtained U.S. citizenship while living in the United States as a child.

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Al Jazeera wants court to probe Palestinian reporter’s death