Sep 21, 2022 05:59 UTC
  • Family of slain Palestinian journalist Abu Akleh sues Israel at ICC

The family of slain Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was murdered by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin in May, has submitted an official complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to demand justice for her cold-blooded murder.

Speaking in front of the ICC in The Hague on Tuesday, Abu Akleh’s brother said that they would do all that is necessary to ensure accountability for her killing.

“Like we said before, and like other reports said previously, there were more than 16 shots fired towards Shireen and the media and her colleagues who were standing in that ally,” he said. “They even targeted the person who was trying to pull her into safety after she was shot down.”

Abu Akleh’s brother went on to say that the Israeli soldiers were able to identify who she was given the fact that she was wearing protective gear that clearly identified her as a member of the press.

“Any person shooting at the press is intentionally trying to kill them,” he added.

Wearing press attire, 51-year-old Abu Akleh was murdered in cold blood while covering an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin on May 11. Later, her funeral was also attacked by the regime forces. 

Ali Samoudi, a Palestinian journalist who was accompanying her, was hospitalized in stable condition after being shot in the back.

Al-Jazeera, of which Abu Akleh was a staff member, assigned a legal team to refer her killing to the ICC in The Hague at the time.

According to Step Vaessen, a Dutch broadcast journalist at Al Jazeera, the ICC decided in 2021 that it has jurisdiction over violence and war crimes that have occurred in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.