By Nick Clark
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US whitewashes murder of Palestinian journalist

The family of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh are fighting back and have condemned the US for conducting a "whitewash"
Issue 2813
protest ourtuisde the BBC after the murder of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, protesters are wearing traditional Palestinian scarves and Palestinian flags

Defiance outside the BBC after the murder of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, May 2022 (Picture: Guy Smallman)

The family of murdered Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh has accused the US of whitewash for deciding an Israeli soldier did not mean to kill her. A US report agreed the bullet that killed Shireen, in the occupied Palestinian city Jenin in May, “likely” came from the Israeli army. But it also said the killing was probably unintentional.

Israeli soldiers killed Shireen as she covered their raid on a Palestinian refugee camp for the Al Jazeera news network. The bullet struck her below her helmet, but above her flak jacket.  The killing embarrassed the US—which relies on Israel to defend its interests—as Shireen was a US citizen.

It had to acknowledge Israel killed Shireen, and then immediately draw a line under it by labelling the murder an accident. A statement from Shireen’s family said the US “served to whitewash Shireen’s killing.”

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