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UN Condemns Murder of Reported Palestinian-American

UNITED NATIONS ( Associated Press) — The United Nations Security Council on Friday strongly condemned the murder of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and called for “an immediate, thorough, transparent and fair and impartial investigation.”

The 15-member council approved a statement after removing a mention of the importance of press freedom and the need to protect reporters working in dangerous areas at the insistence of China and Russia, said diplomats, who spoke under condition of anonymity due to the private nature of the discussions.

In its statement, the council reiterated that “journalists should be protected as civilians” and condemned the injuries suffered by Abu Akleh’s partner.

Abu Akleh’s name, 51, was well known throughout the Arab world, recognized for his coverage of life for Palestinians under Israeli occupation for Al Jazeera television for the past 25 years.

The journalist was shot in the head on Wednesday during an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin. Other reporters who were with her, including an Al Jazeera colleague who received a gunshot wound, said Israeli forces opened fire on them even though they were clearly identifiable as journalists.

Unrest over Abu Akleh’s murder escalated on Friday when Israeli riot police pushed and punched his coffin bearers, causing them to briefly topple their coffin at the start of the funeral procession. The act was perhaps the biggest display of Palestinian nationalism in Jerusalem in a generation.

Israel says it is investigating the incident. At first, she suggested that she may have been shot by Palestinian insurgents, without offering evidence, but later recanted. In addition, he has called for a joint investigation with the Palestinian Authority, which administers parts of the West Bank and cooperates with Israel on security issues.

But the Palestinians rejected the joint investigation and demanded an independent international investigation.

The Security Council did not use the international word to call for an impartial investigation, emphasizing the need to ensure accountability.

She was shot dead on Wednesday during an Israeli military raid on the West Bank city of Jenin. Journalists who were with her, including an Al Jazeera colleague who was wounded by her gunfire, said Israeli forces fired on them even though they were clearly identifiable as reporters.

Anger over the killing of Abu Akleh intensified on Friday when Israeli riot police shoved and punched pallbearers, briefly knocking over their coffin in a shocking start to their funeral procession. It became the largest display of Palestinian nationalism in Jerusalem in a generation.

Israel says it is investigating the incident. He initially suggested it might have been fired by Palestinian militants, without providing evidence, but has since retracted it. Israel has called for a joint investigation with the Palestinian Authority, which administers parts of the West Bank and cooperates with it on security.

But the Palestinians rejected a joint investigation and demanded an independent international investigation.

The Security Council did not use the word international, instead calling for an impartial investigation and stressing the need to ensure accountability.

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