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Romney and Ossoff call for inquiry into West Bank death of Shireen Abu Akleh
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The senses. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) on Monday sent a request to the State Department for a “full and transparent investigation” into the death of Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian American journalist who was killed while reporting on an Israeli military raid in the West Bank last month.

Both senators also urged the Biden administration to ensure “justice is done.”

“The killing of a US citizen and a journalist engaged in reporting from a conflict zone is unacceptable,” the senators wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Arab-American journalists around the world shared stories about the impact and legacy of slain journalist Shireen Abu Akleh following her May 11 assassination. (Video: Joshua Carroll, Leila Barghouty/The Washington Post)

“Freedom of the press is a core American value, and we cannot accept impunity when journalists are killed in the line of duty,” they wrote.

The State Department did not respond overnight to a request from the Washington Post regarding the letter or whether the Biden administration would open an investigation into the murder of one of its citizens.

Last month, State Department spokesman Ned Price said Israel had “the means and capability to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation.”

For Palestinian journalists, the death of a colleague strikes close to home

Israel first accused Palestinian militants of killing Abu Akleh before saying it would investigate the possibility that one of its soldiers killed her. Witnesses to the episode said she was shot by Israeli forces, but Israel says it has not determined who killed her.

Al Jazeera, where Abu Akleh was a veteran reporter, and other reporters who were with her when she was killed, said it was clear Israeli troops fired the fatal shots. The Associated Press found in a review that evidence suggested “the bullet that killed her was from an Israeli firearm.”

Abu Akleh was a household name in the Arab world, and she was killed while wearing a helmet and bulletproof vest that read “Press”.

Al Jazeera said last month it would refer the case to the International Criminal Court, after appointing a legal team to take the case to The Hague.

Al Jazeera to refer killing of US journalist to war crimes tribunal

During Abu Akleh’s funeral procession in Jerusalem, Israeli police threw stun grenades and beat mourners with batons – even hitting the pallbearers – before his coffin could reach its final resting place.

Israeli police used batons and stun grenades to push back the funeral procession of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Jerusalem on May 13. (Video: Steve Hendrix/The Washington Post)

Ellen Francis contributed to this report.


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