In a few twists and turns, Israel now concluded that one of its soldiers had “probably” killed Shireen Abu Akure.
The Israeli government and army’s account of the May 11 murder of Al Jazeera’s veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh has changed many times over the past few months.
Witnesses, including Al Jazeera journalists, were quick to say Israeli forces had opened fire in Jenin. This claim was backed up by numerous investigations by the press, human rights groups and the United Nations.
But Israel has sought to avoid responsibility, and most recently on Monday, a military investigation concluded that it was “very likely” that one of the soldiers who killed Abu Akure fired the bullet. However, the military said it did not suspect a crime and ruled out further investigation.
The position marks a shift from previous Israeli narratives regarding killings.
Below is a timeline of Israel’s changing story.
‘The Palestinians did it’
In the immediate aftermath of Abu Akure’s killing, the Israeli Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett identified armed Palestinian fighters as “potential” perpetrators.
“According to the information we have gathered, it seems likely that armed Palestinians who were firing indiscriminately at the time were responsible for the unfortunate death of the journalist,” Bennett tweeted.
To back up their claims, the prime minister’s office tweeted a video of Palestinian militants firing at a refugee camp. In a completely different part of the country, she said no Palestinian fighters were near where Abu Akure and her colleagues gathered.
Israel later offered to jointly investigate the killing with the Palestinian authorities, but the Palestinian authorities flatly refused.
“Stop Blaming Israel”
The next day, 12 May, the government issued a statement condemning the “rash” accusation that one of its soldiers was behind the killing as “misleading and irresponsible.”
On May 13, after an initial investigation into the shooting, Israel said the bullet that killed Abu Akuley was likely fired by an Israeli soldier who was firing at a Palestinian armed fighter near her. said there is.
“The Palestinian shooter fired several shots at the Israeli Defense Force soldiers. You may have been hit by a gunshot.” statement said by the military.
Abu Akure’s colleagues who were with her and multiple investigators repeatedly stressed that there were no Palestinian fighters nearby at the time of her murder.
“We have the weapon that could have killed Abu Ackley.”
The Israeli military said on May 19 that it had identified the rifle of the soldier who “could have killed” Abu Akuley, but said it was not certain unless the Palestinians handed over the bullet for analysis. rice field.
An Israeli military official said: “We have narrowed down our targets. [Israeli army] Weapons that may have been involved in the shootout near Shireen,” he said, but stressed that the source of the fire is unknown.
“Most likely” it was Israel
Israel released the results of its own military investigation on September 5, saying it was “highly likely” that Abu Akure was “accidentally attacked” by Israeli artillery fire. However, no criminal investigation is launched.