New Statesman erases IDF’s investigation into Abu Akleh’s killing

An article in The New Statesman by Alona Ferber (“Israel’s double standard on flag-waving is a risk to democracy”, May 26) included this about the killing of Al Jazeera’s Shireen Abu Akleh:

The 51-year-old was killed while covering an Israeli army raid in Jenin in the West Bank. The fallout is still ongoing, with the Israeli military announcing that it will not probe her killing,

That isn’t true.  On the day she was killed, March 11, the IDF initiated a probe, and reached a preliminary conclusion two days later.  The probe continued, and, just last week, the IDF announced an expansion of their investigation, which will now include “a senior officer with specialized technological abilities from the intelligence department.”

Further, it appears that Ferber knew that the military launched an investigation shortly after Abu Akleh’s death, as he retweeted the following tweet by journalist Barak Ravid on May 11

It’s at least possible that Ferber was conflating the IDF investigation – news of which he retweeted on May 11 – with the military’s announcement, on May 19, that they wouldn’t be opening a “criminal investigation”, while stressing that the probe itself was ongoing.

Either way, his claim in the article in inaccurate, and we contacted editors at The New Statesman to ask for a correction.

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  1. says: Isaac Bensussen

    Must be very sad to live in the Middle East and read every day the lies that they decide to print or watch on Television or your Computer the blatant lies they use. What can you do if what you read or hear is probably a lie.

  2. says: D Cripps

    You may be interested in the analysis of ‘open source intelligence’ by blogger Elder of Ziyon. Starting with an open mind as to where data might point, he has concluded that Shireen was most likely shot by a youthful Palestinian sniper on a rooftop. He has presented his quite extensive (progressional) analysis in many posts on his blog, along with critiques of others’ analyses.

    Recently the ‘Elder’ (with some humour) posted that “Al Jazeera experts ‘exonerate’ Israel of shooting Shireen Abu Akleh”! Despite Al Jazeera’s claim that the bullet was the same calibre as used by the Israeli forces, their “experts” also declared “the round was designed and manufactured in the United States”, which apparently means that Shireen must have been killed by a Palestinian terrorist as the IDF exclusively uses bullets made in Israel.

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