US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is calling for an “independent, credible investigation” to shed light on the death of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
The head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken promised on Tuesday to demand accountability for the death of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, the subject of a lively disagreement between Israel and the Palestinian authorities. The Palestinian journalist, star of the Al Jazeera channel, who also held American nationality, was killed on May 11 while covering an Israeli army raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.
During an exchange on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas, which is being held this week in Los Angeles, California, the American Secretary of State had to answer a question on the “total absence of repercussions” for Israel, a historic ally of the United States.
“I’m sorry, with all due respect, (the facts) have not yet been established,” Antony Blinken said. “We are looking for an independent, credible investigation. When that investigation is there, we will follow the facts, wherever they lead. It’s as simple as that,” he said.
Democrats want FBI investigation
Antony Blinken, who spoke with the reporter’s family, said “mourn the loss of Shireen. She was a great journalist, an American citizen”. The Al Jazeera journalist was shot by an Israeli soldier, the Palestinian chief prosecutor concluded on May 26. A CNN investigation also points to Israeli responsibility.
The Israeli authorities have dismissed these accusations and are carrying out their own investigation. They believe that Shireen Abu Akleh could have been hit by a stray bullet from a Palestinian gunman, or mistakenly by an Israeli soldier.
Dozens of Democratic parliamentarians have called on the American federal police, the FBI, to also conduct an investigation in order to have impartial results on the causes of the journalist’s death.