Hundreds gathered to commemorate the death of the journalist that was once the voice of Palestinians, Shireen Abu Akleh, on Thursday, May 15th, in front of BBC Headquarters in London. Shireen was shot by Israeli forces in the hopes of silencing the truth as she was covering the Israeli raids in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday morning.
Crimes Against Journalists
The vigil and protest were organised by a number of activists. Karmal Kittaneh spoke on behalf of them to the Arab in UK (AUK) platform: “The protest was chosen in front of the BBC headquarters, in order to remind them and the British media of their supposed role in exposing Zionist crimes against journalists in Palestine”.
“The idea of organising the vigil as well came after we saw the extent of sadness that overcame everyone after the assassination of the journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.” He added.
During the vigil, pictures of other Palestinian journalists who were killed after being targeted by the Israeli occupation forces were also present.
Omar Mufied, one of the activists that helped organise the vigil, said: “While the United Kingdom is signing a free trade agreement with the occupation, journalists are being killed on live cameras.”
He continued, saying: “The British government does not play its role in pressuring the occupation forces to stop the attacks on Palestinians, especially journalists.”
“Organisations supporting Palestine stand united in this vigil to protest against the actions of the Israeli occupation.”
On the morning of Wednesday, May 11, the occupation forces shot Shireen and other journalists despite them wearing the “Press” jacket and gear, and being within a safe distance from the clashes and nowhere near the forces.
The analysis of the video published by the occupation army, which was conducted by the Israeli human rights organization “B’Tselem” and several other parties, also showed that the fighter who appeared in the video was several streets away from the scene of the incident, and did not shoot at her.
Shireen’s murder redirects the world’s attention to the violations and crimes of the Israeli occupation. The occupation forces have killed more than 27 Palestinians in raids on refugee camps and attacks on Palestinian protests since March of this year 2022.
Another protest will take place on Saturday, May 14th, under the name “END APARTHEID – FREE PALESTINE! ”. Organized by PFBUK, the assembly will be at 12:00 PM, in front of the BBC headquarters in London.
To know more, you can check the Palestinian Forum in Britain site.