Israeli MK justifies, encourages killing of journalists
Ben Gvir not only diverted the cause away from the occupation soldiers, but also justified killing journalists.
Israeli killing of journalists in Palestine to hide the truth about the systemic oppression and murder is not new - this morning, upon the murder of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, Israeli far-right extremist member of the Knesset tweeted a repulsive statement about killing journalists in a "goal justifies the means" discourse.
Itamar Ben Gvir, who has recently launched a security tirade in the Knesset, tweeted this morning, "When terrorists fire on our soldiers in Jenin, they must return fire with full force, even if there are "journalists" in the area from Al Jazeera who often deliberately stand in the middle of the battle and disturb the soldiers..."
כשמחבלים יורים על חיילנו בג'נין, הם צריכים להשיב אש במלוא העוצמה גם אם יש בסביבה "עיתונאים" של אל ג'זירה שלא פעם עומדים בכוונת מכוון באמצע הקרב ומפריעים לחיילים....— איתמר בן גביר (@itamarbengvir) May 11, 2022
לפי הדיווחים היא נפגעה בכלל מאש של המחבלים, אבל בכל מקרה נותן גיבוי מלא לחיילי צה"ל הגיבורים!
The crackdown on journalists is no surprise: Last week, "Israel" arrested 15 Palestinian journalists on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Club.
The tweet continued to water down the real causes behind Abu Akleh's martyrdom, saying that she was "reportedly" injured by terrorist fire, continuing to say that in all cases "full backing to the heroic IDF soldiers."
Ben Gvir's statement is a clear indicator of the occupation's attempt to evade the repercussions of the cold-blooded murder of the journalist, despite the clear responsibility of the IOF in deliberately shooting the martyr.
The martyrdom of Shireen Abu Akleh
On Wednesday morning, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced the martyrdom of Al-Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, whom the Israeli occupation forces shot in the head with a live bullet. The Israeli occupation aggressed against Jenin refugee camp, north West Bank, at a time when journalists covered the storming of the camp.
Abu Akleh, according to the ministry, was hit by a live bullet before being rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
The Israeli attacks on journalists were not limited to one victim: Palestinian journalist Ali Samoudi was also wounded by a live bullet in his back; his condition is stable.
Palestinian media reported heavy gunfire between resistance fighters and the occupation forces in the Jenin refugee camp, noting that many journalists were wounded by Israeli bullets while covering the occupation's incursion into the Jenin refugee camp.