Belarra asks Albares for a firmer condemnation of the murder of the journalist in Jenin and to point to Israel as its author

The Minister of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, Ione Belarrahas asked the Foreign Ministry for a stronger condemnation of the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh, an Al Jazeera journalist who was shot in Jenin (a city located in the Israeli-occupied West Bank) on May 1.

The journalist was covering protests by Palestinian demonstrators, which were suppressed by Israeli security forces, when she was shot in the head. Several witnesses to the shooting, including other journalists, claim that Shireen Abu Akleh was shot by the Israeli army.

The statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, published on Wednesday (the day the journalist died, after being shot 10 days earlier), reads as follows: “Spain firmly condemns death this morning from Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Jenin. We ask that the serious events that occurred be investigated and clarified and that the freedom of the press and the work of journalists be respected.”

The letter from Belarra’s team, to which he has had access Public, was sent this Thursday to the Director General of Communication, Public Diplomacy and Networks of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation. “From the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 we want to transfer our rejection of part of the content of the communication published yesterday by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in relation to the murder of the Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, in Jenin,” the letter states.

The minister explains that “as can be seen in the images and as has been collected by numerous media around the world, the journalist was killed by a non-accidental shotbut clearly intentional that immediately ended his life”.

That is why, in his opinion, in the Foreign Ministry statement this act should have been described as “murder” and not “death”. Social Rights also recalls in its letter that “most of the sources, including the other journalists present at the incident, suggest that the shots came from members of the Israeli army“.

“For this reason, we believe that the content of the aforementioned statement should have condemned the murder in stronger terms. pointing to the more than possible perpetrators of such a reprehensible crime“, adds the letter sent by Belarra.

The head of Social Rights also requests, “joining the request made by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Anthony Guterresa transparent and independent investigation of the facts to find the culprits, being responsible before the evidence and that this crime does not go unpunished”.

In the statement published by Foreign Affairs last Wednesday, it was requested “that the serious events that occurred be investigated and clarified and that the freedom of the press and the work of journalists be respected.”


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