For the first time, Israel apologized for the death of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

For the first time, Israel apologized for the death of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) apologized for the death of Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, which is exactly one year since she passed away after a bullet pierced the back of her head while covering the occupation of the Israeli army in Jenin, West Bank.

This is the first apology made by the IDF over the killing of the famous journalist while admitting that there is a ‘high possibility’ that Shireen was shot by the Israeli army.

The apology was submitted by the IDF spokesman, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, in an interview with CNN host Eleni Giokos in the Connect the World program that aired on Thursday.

“I think this is the best opportunity for me to state that we are very sorry for the death of Shireen Abu Akleh,” he said.

“She (Shireen) is a very famous journalist. In Israel we value democracy and in a democracy, we see how high the value of journalism and media freedom is.

“We want journalists to feel safe in Israel, especially in times of war even if they criticize us,” he emphasized.

On May 11 last year, Shireen was killed in an attack that happened around 6.30am. At the time of the incident, Shireen along with a team of other journalists were standing at the entrance of the refugee camp in Jenin.

All the journalists who were there to cover the attack by the Israeli army wore blue jackets (vests) to identify themselves as media practitioners.

Shireen, who is of Palestinian-American blood, was 51 years old at the time.

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