Jerusalem24 – The US Department of Justice has notified the Israeli Ministry of Justice that the FBI has opened its own investigation into the circumstances of the killing of Al-Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, according to a report by Axios.
Palestinian-American Abu Akleh was fatally shot by an Israeli sniper while covering a military raid in Jenin’s refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank on 11 May.
The FBI’s decision to open an investigation into the case was first reported on Israel’s Channel 14 on Monday, according to Axios.
Abu Akleh’s family has welcomed the US decision to open a probe into her killing.
“Our family has been asking for a US investigation since the beginning, and it is what the United States should do when a US citizen is killed abroad – especially when they were killed, like Shireen, by a foreign military,” a family statement said. “This is an important step toward accountability.”
Our family’s statement on the US opening an Investigation into Shireen’s killing. pic.twitter.com/scGFchvWV5
— Lina Abu Akleh (@LinaAbuAkleh) November 15, 2022
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Twitter that Israel “will not cooperate” with the US probe, calling it “a grave mistake”.
“I have delivered a message to US representatives that we stand by the IDF’s soldiers, that we will not cooperate with an external investigation, and will not enable intervention to internal investigations,” he said.
The decision taken by the US Justice Department to conduct an investigation into the tragic passing of Shireen Abu Akleh, is a mistake. The IDF has conducted a professional, independent investigation, which was presented to American officials with whom the details were shared.
— בני גנץ – Benny Gantz (@gantzbe) November 14, 2022