Community assigns authorized staff to refer the killing of its journalist, and Israeli bombing of Gaza workplace, to the Worldwide Legal Court docket.
Al Jazeera Media Community has assigned a authorized staff to refer the killing of its journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to the Worldwide Legal Court docket in The Hague.
The community mentioned in an announcement on Thursday that it has fashioned a world coalition that consists of its authorized staff together with worldwide specialists, and is making ready a file on the homicide of Abu Akleh for submission to the ICC prosecutor.
Along with the killing of Abu Akleh, who was shot lifeless by Israel forces on Could 11 close to the Jenin refugee camp within the occupied West Financial institution, the ICC submission can even embody the Israeli bombing “and whole destruction” of Al Jazeera’s workplace in Gaza in Could 2021, and “the continual incitements and assaults” Al Jazeera journalists working within the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Al Jazeera community assertion mentioned the killing or bodily assault on journalists working in battle zones or occupied territories is a battle crime underneath Article 8 of the Worldwide Legal Court docket’s constitution.
“Al Jazeera Media Community condemns the killing of our colleague Shireen Abu Akleh, who labored with the Community for 25 years as knowledgeable journalist overlaying the continuing battle within the occupied Palestinian territories,” the community mentioned in an announcement.
“The Community vows to comply with each path to realize justice for Shireen, and guarantee these accountable for her killing are dropped at justice and held accountable in all worldwide justice and authorized platforms and courts.”
Earlier on Thursday, the Palestinian Authority introduced the outcomes of an investigation into the killing of Palestinian-American Abu Akleh that confirmed Israeli forces intentionally shot and killed the veteran reporter.
Chatting with reporters within the occupied West Financial institution metropolis of Ramallah, Palestinian Legal professional Basic Akram al-Khatib mentioned that Abu Akleh, 51, was hit with an armour-piercing bullet.
The journalist was carrying a helmet and a vest that was clearly marked with the phrase “PRESS”, the legal professional common mentioned, and Israeli “occupation forces … had fired a bullet that hit journalist Shireen Abu Akleh immediately in her head” whereas she was trying to flee.
Riyad Mansour, Palestine’s ambassador to the United Nations, advised a gathering of the UN Safety Council on Thursday that the killing of Abu Akleh was “not a mistake”.
“Shireen’s killing is the story, the identical story she was telling. The distinction is that this time the world knew the sufferer,” Mansour mentioned.
“We aren’t being killed due to what we do, however due to who we’re. We aren’t being killed by mistake, however as a part of a grand design to ensure all of us perceive nobody is secure in order that all of us reside with worry in our hearts and give up,” he mentioned.
“In case you are a Palestinian, you’re a professional goal.”