57 Congressional Democrats demand U.S. investigate Israel’s role in reporter’s death

FLAME - FACTS AND LOGIC ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST - Ken Cohen, Editor - MAY 31, 2022 -

While Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) gunmen and the Palestinian Authority (PA) conceal evidence of the circumstances of journalist Shireen Abu-Akleh’s death, Congressional Democrats demand Israel be investigated.

One quarter of the Democrats’ congressional delegation have signed an anti-Israel letter addressed to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and FBI Director Christopher Wray. The letter calls for an American investigation into the death of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu-Akleh, while ignoring the fact that Palestinians are obstructing an investigation.


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Despite the Palestinian Authority (PA) refusal to turn over the bullet that killed Abu-Akleh and rejecting Israel’s request for PA cooperation in an investigation, the American legislators cast doubt only on Israel’s role in the journalist’s death.


The letter was formulated by congressional allies of the pro-Palestinian “Squad” that includes congresswomen Rashid Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They were joined by dozens of their Democratic colleagues. Disturbingly, many of these other signatories are generally viewed as more moderate than the habitually anti-Israel “Squad.”


Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Michael Herzog, stated, “This letter does not offer a fair representation of the case, ignores important context . . . and reaches a wrong conclusion.”


Illustrating Amb. Herzog’s critique, the voluminous coverage of Abu-Akleh’s death in the worldwide press—and in the congressional letter—usually fails to mention the plague of terrorist murders emanating from Jenin that drew the IDF to the area.


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With 19 Israelis killed in terror-attacks in the last few weeks—and reports of another attack being planned by U.S.-designated terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)—the IDF was searching in jihadist hotbed Jenin. Their search was opposed by gunfire from PIJ militants there.


Abu-Akleh, a veteran reporter, was there to cover the confrontations between Israel and the Palestinian terror-cells.


Palestinian reports of her shooting-death immediately claimed that she was “murdered” by an Israeli sniper.


“The only source of fire in that place came from the occupation forces with the intention to kill,” Palestinian Attorney-General Akram Al-Khatib said, referring to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).


Initially, the Palestinian Authority claimed—and al Jazeera and other news outlets dutifully reported—that no Palestinian guns were fired anywhere near where she fell.


Then videos emerged showing a fierce firefight between the IDF and the PIJ terrorists. In fact, one of the videos recorded a PIJ gunmen announcing that they had “gotten” an Israeli: In fact, no Israelis were shot that day, and the corpse on the ground was probably that of Abu-Akleh.


Those early stories were scrubbed off the al Jazeera website. But the counterfactual allegations and narrative of a tranquil Jenin invaded by IDF assassins seeking a journalistic victim had taken root.


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Videos exposing the dishonesty of the Palestinian propaganda had been published several days before the congressional letter was issued. Nonetheless, the congressional signatories propagated the lies in their letter, which states:

“Palestinian journalists . . . say they did not see militants in the area.” The letter also cites Shaza Hanaysheh, a Palestinian journalist, alleging “there were no clashes or shootings in the immediate area.”


Of course, Palestinian journalists are notoriously unreliable witnesses. Veteran Middle-East observers know that these reporters are threatened and strictly controlled by the Palestinian Authority (PA). They have a reputation for reporting on incidents that are somehow always Israel’s fault.


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