Al Jazeera has submitted a case to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the murder of a journalist Shireen Abu Aklehwas bullet in the head while covering an Israeli raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank in May.
“Al Jazeera’s legal team has conducted a full and detailed investigation into the case and has uncovered new evidence based on multiple eyewitness accounts, review of multiple pieces of video footage and forensic evidence relating to the incident. ‘case,” Al Jazeera said in a statement on Tuesday. .
The network says new evidence and a video show the Palestinian-American journalist and her colleagues were directly targeted in a ‘deliberate murder’ by what Al Jazeera called Israeli occupation forces, a claim that Israel repeatedly denied.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday reiterated his long-standing denial of any outside authority investigating Israel Defense Forces troops.
“No one will investigate IDF soldiers and no one will preach morality to us in war, certainly not Al Jazeera,” Lapid said.
The Israeli military referred CNN’s questions about the ICC case to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry, which declined to comment.
The United States also opposes bringing the Abu Akleh case to the ICC, State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a press briefing on Tuesday.
“We maintain our long-standing objections to the ICC’s investigation into the Palestinian situation and the position that the ICC should focus on its primary mission, and that primary mission of serving as a court of last resort and punishing and deterring the atrocities,” Price said.
The ICC confirmed on Tuesday that it had received a communication from Al Jazeera.
“Under Article 15 of the Rome Statute, any individual or group may send information (communications) about alleged crimes to the ICC Prosecutor, who is bound to protect the confidentiality of the information received,” the office said. from the prosecutor to CNN via email.
In September, the IDF admitted there was a “high probability” that Abu Akleh had been “accidentally” shot dead by Israeli fire aimed at “suspects identified as Palestinian gunmen in a firefight”.
The IDF said at the time that the Israeli military did not intend to pursue criminal charges or prosecutions against any of the soldiers involved.
A CNN survey published two weeks after Abu Akleh’s death suggested that the fatal shot came from a position where IDF troops were known to be positioned. The pattern of gunfire on a tree behind where she was standing at the time suggested the shots were targeted rather than indiscriminate, an expert told CNN.
CNN’s investigation unearthed evidence – including two videos of the shooting scene – suggesting there was no active fighting, or Palestinian militants, near Abu Akleh in the times that took place. preceded his death.
She was wearing a bulletproof vest identifying her as a journalist at the time she was killed.
Al Jazeera said on Tuesday: “The Israeli authorities’ claim that Shireen was mistakenly killed in an exchange of fire is completely unfounded. The evidence presented to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) confirms, beyond doubt, that there was no shooting in the area where Shireen was, other than the IOF (Israeli Occupation Forces) firing directly at him. .
“The IOF investigation which revealed that there was no suspicion of a crime committed is entirely undermined by the available evidence which has now been provided to the Office of the Prosecutor. Evidence shows that this deliberate killing was part of a larger campaign to target and silence Al Jazeera,” the network added.
Abu Akleh’s family also filed a formal complaint with the ICC earlier this year seeking justice for his death, Al Jazeera reported.