Abu Akleh: US Investigation Wraps Up

    Photo: AP [via Washington Post]

    The Facts

    • The US State Dept. announced on Mon. that the forensic analysis of the bullet that killed Shireen Abu Akleh was inconclusive, but it said that, based on the investigations done by the Israeli military and Palestinian Authority, Israeli forces likely killed the Palestinian journalist accidentally.

    • On Sat., Palestinian officials gave the bullet that allegedly killed Abu Akleh to US investigators amid pressure for investigations to be concluded before Pres. Biden's first visit to Israel and the West Bank.

    The Spin

    Pro-Palestine narrative

    Rather than showing moral courage, the US is trying to compromise between Israel and Palestine to solve this quickly before Biden's visit. Abu Akleh's killing was clearly intentionally carried out by Israeli forces; countless outlets and research groups have concluded that she was killed by an Israeli sniper. She was clearly identified as a journalist, and there were several witnesses at the scene.

    Pro-Israel narrative

    Though the death of Abu Akleh is tragic, critics of Israel are always quick to jump to conclusions. This investigation was a good step in deducing who killed Abu Akleh, but, unfortunately, the results were inconclusive. Israel has been completely cooperative with the investigations into Abu Akleh's death, and if the IDF was responsible, it was not intentional.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 7% chance that Israel and Palestine will hold peace talks in 2022, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Establishment split



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