Calls for accountability, fears for press freedom following the murder of journalist Shireen Abu Aqla
The Israeli government has denied this, saying there were several Palestinian gunmen firing at the same location who could “probably” be responsible for Abu Aqla’s death.
SBS News has reached out to Israel’s Ambassador to Australia Amir Maimon for comment.
Israel accused of ‘systematic targeting of journalists’
Two Palestinian girls walk past a mural depicting Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqla in Gaza City. Source: AAP / SOPA Images
Lecturer from the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University, Anas Iqtait, expressed concern over whether anyone will be held responsible for Abu Aqla’s murder.
Dr Iqtait said Abu Aqla’s murder was “an example of cultural impunity” that exists in Israel.
The IDF said the building was targeted because it understood Hamas, a Palestinian Islamist political group with a militant wing, was hiding military intelligence there.
The lack of responsibility “an absolute parody”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said at a public commemoration for Abu Aqla that he would refuse to jointly participate in an investigation with Israeli authorities because he does not trust them.
Porter arrested by Israeli police
Israeli forces intervene at the home of Palestinians carrying the coffin of slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqla. Source: Anadolu / Anadolu Agency
In a scene that sparked international outrage, baton-wielding Israeli police beat several pallbearers as they carried Abu Aqla’s coffin out of an East Jerusalem hospital last Friday.