Al Jazeera files case at ICC over journalist Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing 

The Al Jazeera network has submitted a case against Israeli forces at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh. 

Al Jazeera, based in Doha and funded by the Qatari state, said in a statement on December 6 ‘ , “The claim by the Israeli authorities that Shireen was killed by mistake in an exchange of fire is completely unfounded.”

“Al Jazeera has highlighted in its submission to the ICC Prosecutor that the new witness evidence and video footage clearly show that Shireen and her colleagues were directly fired at by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF),” the network said.

Shireen’s family submitted their own complaint to the ICC in September. 

The Palestinian-American journalist was shot dead by the Israeli Army in Jenin in the West Bank on May 11, 2022 while wearing a body armor and a helmet clearly-marked “PRESS.” 

Shireen’s funeral was the longest in Palestine, lasting for three days, and going through four Palestinian cities: Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah and lastly in Jerusalem, where she was laid to rest.  Shireen was mourned by millions of Palestinians inside the country and in diaspora, in addition to millions of Arabs and internationals around the world.

Shireen, 51, spent the last 25 years reporting for Al-Jazeera Arabic Channel.

IAWRT welcomes efforts to continue seeking justice for the killing of Shireen. 

Read IAWRT story on the killing of Shireen.