Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing: Lies, investigations and videotape | Israel-Palestine conflict

Israel has lied from the moment that Shireen Abu Akleh was assassinated 11 days in the past.

How do we all know?

Israel’s story about what occurred on the murderous morning of Might 11 in Jenin and what it was going to do about it has modified extra typically than a child’s diaper. Palestine’s story has remained the identical all through like one lengthy, constant notice: Israel did it and gained’t admit it.

Israel’s prime minister, Naftali Bennett, has lied. Israel’s international minister, Yair Lapid, has lied. The Israeli military has lied.

Bennett instructed the primary large lie on Might 11: Palestinians did it, he said. He was 99.99 % positive. A Palestinian who couldn’t shoot straight did it. That’s what the prime minister of Israel mentioned occurred.

The identical day, Lapid told the second large lie: Israel wished to assist Palestinians – the identical Palestinians who Bennett already mentioned did it – to search out out who did it. Actually, it did.

What patronising tripe from a former TV star who as soon as said this about Palestinians he was now allegedly eager to work with throughout the divide: “We have to get the Palestinians out of our lives. What now we have to do is construct a excessive wall and get them out of our sight.”

The Israeli military instructed the third large lie by repeating the primary large lie: its troopers don’t “goal” journalists.

Apparently, the 16 Palestinian journalists who’ve perished since 1992 had been both unfortunate or stepped in entrance of or on an Israeli bullet, bomb, or mine. Bear in mind, not “targets”. Unlucky.

Bennett and the Israeli military instructed the fourth large lie: its troopers had been capturing at Palestinians and Palestinians had been capturing at Israeli troopers when Abu Akleh was shot within the face by Palestinians.

An Israeli human rights group promptly proved that Israel’s prime minister and the military – utilizing a snippet of videotape to buttress their lie – had lied about exactly the place Abu Akleh was in Jenin on the day of her homicide.

In the meantime, Lapid was sticking to his gratuitous lie. Israel nonetheless wished to assist Palestinians to search out out who shot Abu Akleh within the face regardless that Bennett and the military nonetheless mentioned Israel didn’t do it.

Then, on Might 12, Israel’s defence minister, Benny Gantz, roughly admitted that his boss, the prime minister, and his military had lied.

He mentioned “our aspect” could have killed Abu Akleh.

The United Nations, the European Union, some US Congresswomen and males, and the White Home – who had been reminded that Abu Akleh was additionally an American – demanded a probe into who shot the revered Palestinian-American reporter.

Israel mentioned it will “examine”. The White Home, the United Nations and the European Union appeared happy and relieved.

Not everybody was happy. Some US Congresswomen and males and plenty of different much less gullible individuals identified that Israeli “investigations” are usually cover-ups. An “impartial” investigation – no matter meaning – was obligatory.

Bennett and Lapid went mute.

In a while Might 12 Israel reportedly “confiscated” the weapons of a number of troopers. By Might 19, the Israel army said it had recognized the weapon which will have been used to shoot Abu Akleh within the face whereas she was sporting a helmet and physique armour marked “Press” in large, daring white letters.

Israel additionally mentioned it wanted the magic bullet that killed Abu Akleh to attempt to match it to the rifle.

No, Israel doesn’t.

First, the Israelis may, in a uncommon gesture of excellent religion and cooperation, simply as simply hand over the rifle to the Palestinian Authority for evaluation. How’s that for a novel concept that the New York Occasions hasn’t, predictably, thought-about?

In fact, Israel gained’t. Palestinians can’t be trusted. Solely Israelis can discover and inform the reality.

Second, now we have been instructed, extra typically than Bingo gamers have mentioned “Bingo”, by wind-up apologists – who additionally occur to be politicians, diplomats, journalists or think-tank “consultants” – that Israel has the “most ethical military on the planet”.

Let’s, for the second, settle for that acquainted large lie. Israel has, for the second, essentially the most ethical military on the planet. Everybody received it?

The phrase “ethical” suggests – implicitly and explicitly – that Israeli troopers are fashions of probity and honesty. They’re saints – if you’ll forgive the imprecise non secular analogy.

OK. Easy. Israel can ask the saint who fired that gun in Jenin early on the morning of Might 11 one query: Did you shoot Shireen Abu Akleh within the face whereas she was sporting a helmet and physique armour marked “Press” in large, daring white letters?

One query. One reply. Finish of “investigation”.

A member of essentially the most ethical military on the planet goes to inform the reality. Proper? I imply that’s what saints do. They inform the reality. Come clear. Personal up. Do the correct, honourable and ethical factor. No magic bullet required.

Such as you, I doubt the query was requested or ever might be.

Maybe defence minister Benny Gantz is mendacity, too. Maybe there is no such thing as a gun. Maybe the Israelis made it as much as preserve the People completely happy. To provide their prostrate buddies on the State Division and White Home one thing, something so they may say: “The Israelis are making good progress. We belief them.”

Seems, the State Division and the White Home have belatedly found that it’s the Israelis who can’t be trusted. Welcome on board.

On the very day Gantz introduced his individuals had seemingly discovered the gun, the Israeli army said that there wouldn’t be an “investigation” in any case.

An “investigation” into which Israeli soldier shot Abu Akleh within the face may upset Israelis. It may, the Israeli army mentioned, provoke “opposition”.

Opposition to what? The reality?

To not fear. On Might 20, after confirming its authenticity, Al Jazeera reported on the disturbing contents of a one-minute and forty-two-second video that captured the scene shortly earlier than Abu Akleh was murdered.

The video confirms Palestinian witness accounts. There was no “change” of fireside. That, as witnesses mentioned, was an Israeli lie. There was, as an alternative, calm and quiet. Folks had been milling about, speaking and laughing. Abu Akleh and her colleagues had been making ready to get to work.

Then, single photographs in fast succession. Six in all. Folks scurry. One other volley of single photographs. Screaming. Shouting. “Shireen”. The digicam pans and tilts up. Close by, Abu Akleh lay in a ditch, face down.

Ah, we all know why Israel deserted its phantom “investigation”.

The photographs, in contrast to Israel, don’t lie.

However like Israel’s cocksure prime minister and preening international minister, the State Division, the White Home and the US embassy in Israel have gone mute.

America’s finest pal within the Center East has given, in impact, the White Home, the Secretary of State and the US Ambassador to Israel, a double-barrelled middle-finger salute in regards to the homicide of an American citizen.

Their response to this point: Silence.


A bunch of Congresswomen and males have written a letter urging the FBI to research the homicide of Abu Akleh.

Kudos to them. Additionally delusional.

A bunch of journalists have written a letter to the Worldwide Prison Court docket urging it to research the homicide of Abu Akleh.

Kudos to them. Additionally delusional.

In time and fairly rightly, Palestinians and Palestinians alone will inform the world the small print of how and why Israel murdered one other considered one of their beloved daughters.

It will likely be the entire fact and nothing however the fact.

The views expressed on this article are the creator’s personal and don’t essentially mirror Al Jazeera’s editorial stance.