It is an utter tragedy that Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed last week while covering an Israeli military operation.
Here’s what we know: On May 11, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers, along with officers from the Israel Security Agency and the Border Police, carried out an attack anti-terrorist operation in the Jenin area to arrest several suspects as part of their investigation into the recent spate of terrorist attacks that have killed 19 innocent people in Israel over the past two months. During the operation, Palestinian gunmen fired indiscriminately at the Israelis, who returned fire. Towards the end of the exchange, Ms. Abu Akleh reported on the situation Al JazeeraShe was hit by a stray bullet and killed.
(As an aside, MPs Tlaib and Omar, if you have not condemned these terrorist attacks but still feel entitled to claim that the Israelis “raided” the Palestinians just for fun, then you have no moral authority to comment here .)
What matters is what we are still doing not know: how exactly Abu Akleh died.
The IDF immediately launched an investigation into the incident and called on the Palestinians to cooperate with them. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced his “expectation for open, transparent and full cooperation on outcomes,” while Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Yair Lapid tweeted that “we have offered the Palestinians a joint pathological investigation into the sad death of journalist Shireen Abu Aqla. Journalists need to be protected in conflict zones, and we all have a responsibility to find out the truth.” In response, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas stated that “we oppose and will oppose a joint investigation with the Israeli authorities.” . The PA insisted it would conduct its own investigation, but Abbas gave the game away when he did preventive revealed that they already were secure Israel was criminally guilty. This is despite the fact that the Palestinian forensic scientist who examined Abu Akleh’s body agreed that further analysis was needed to definitively determine the origin of the bullet.
One fact is clear here: contrary to what Congressmen are doing want They believe Israel simply has not shirked its responsibility. In fact, the first IDF investigation concluded that “it is not yet possible to definitively determine the source of the shots that struck and killed Ms. Abu Akleh,” and acknowledged the possibility that the fatal bullet was fired by a Israeli soldiers could come from.
When it comes to possible next steps, a ballistics test could provide additional, potentially crucial, information about the fatal shot. Israel has suggested that an American representative should be present during the review process to ensure both neutrality and transparency. The PA, meanwhile, has declined to share the findings of its own preliminary investigation.
Do these facts matter to Tlaib or Omar as they shamelessly politicize the death of a woman they said they admired? Of course not. These two anti-Semites magically know what local scientists on either side of the conflict can’t determine: Jews must have killed this journalist. Not only that, they must have done it on purpose. So Tlaib and Omar blindly lie to their rabid followers about the investigation and pretend that Israel is killing without accountability. Again their silence on the recent wave of terrorist attacks, which is undisputed did targeting the innocent is telling.
Shame on you. Here are some other facts that couldn’t bother Tlaib and Omar:
Unlike the PA, Israel has a robust and transparent judicial system with mechanisms for conducting and reviewing criminal proceedings in cases of alleged war crimes. Israel has and does persecute and condemn its own soldiers when they commit injustice.
In Israel (as in most Western countries), the military justice system is responsible for reviewing and investigating complaints of alleged criminal misconduct by soldiers. The Military Advocate General’s (MAG) Corps for Operational Matters specializes in handling incidents that occur during military operations. The members of the MAG Corps are lawyers who have completed an officer’s course and have received investigative training in cases of violations of international law. The military police are responsible for the administration of justice within the armed forces. Like the MAG Corps, the Military Police have the power to initiate criminal investigations into allegations of war crimes and also conduct the actual investigations.
The courts-martial are the judicial branch of the military justice system, including its courts of appeal. The President of Israel appoints courts-martial, whose term is limited, to protect their independence from outside command or political influence.
The existence of judicial institutions that are entirely separate from the military and review its procedures also ensures that such procedures conform to established legal norms. The Israeli Attorney General, a civilian, oversees the military’s decisions, while the Supreme Court of Israel hears cases related to its and/or the military’s decisions—often during ongoing armed conflicts. All of this—the investigations, trials, and review of procedures—is part of Israel’s ongoing effort to inculcate within its armed forces a deep understanding of equal justice under the law, which is the foundation of the State of Israel.
When asked if Israel could be trusted to conduct a thorough investigation into Abu Akleh’s death, US State Department spokesman Ned Price confirmed that Israel certainly could, even citing a recent example from last June when Israel charged one of its own border police officers.
In summary, Israel is ready, willing, and able to take responsibility for its actions if any of its soldiers are found to have done anything wrong. It has a well-established, working system for gathering information, investigating that information, and prosecuting and punishing its soldiers when the evidence warrants it. Compare that to the PA, which has and does just that none from these things.
Of course, it is not surprising that the PA still demands Israeli accountability; As demonstrated by the PA’s continued policy of paying terrorists to assassinate Americans and Israelis, the PA is unable to see what accountability looks like.
It’s also not surprising that people like Tlaib and Omar would lie in this situation. Nothing is taboo for them to cynically use for their own political stance – not even the funeral of Ms. Abu Akleh herself.
The plans for Abu Akleh’s funeral procession were coordinated in advance by the Israeli police together with the Abu Akleh family. However, during the funeral, about 300 rioters prevented the family from loading the coffin onto the hearse. Instead the mob stones thrown to the police, threatened the driver and proceeded to carry the coffin on foot in an unplanned procession while calling for more terrorist attacks, and To sing“how good it is to murder Jews.”
Corresponding officially According to statements, the Israeli police ordered the coffin to be placed in the hearse – as did the European Union ambassador and Abu Akleh’s own family members – but the mob refused. The police then intervened to ensure that the funeral could go ahead as planned and in accordance with the family’s wishes.
However, with conflicting reports as to what happened at the funeral, Israel ordered the incident within hours Another Investigation of the behavior of the officers involved. In the malicious and misleading Words by Ilhan Omar however what actually does not happen actually Matter: What Israel did was “simply cruel.” Likewise Tlaib referred to Israel helping keep the peace so Abu Akleh’s family can honor their loved one as an example of “nauseating violent racism.”
Congresswoman, “disgusting violent racism” is when you accuse people of murder because you don’t like their ethnicity – leading to a dangerous rise in hate crimes being committed by people who believe your heinous lies. If you respect the work of journalists so much, instead of crying crocodile tears for their deaths, you could try to honor their lives by getting to the facts for once and admitting when you’ve said something wrong.
You know, accountability.
Rabbi Dr. Mark Goldfeder, esq. is director of the National Jewish Advocacy Center.
The views expressed in this article are the author’s own.
https://www.newsweek.com/tragic-death-has-brought-out-all-usual-jew-haters-israel-haters-opinion-1706688 A tragic death produced all the usual Jew haters and Israel haters