It has been 100 days since an Israeli sniper shot and killed beloved Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on May 11, 2022. Since that moment, Shireen has been emblazoned on our hearts and memories. She exemplified what it meant to do journalism that honors Palestinian life, and the brutal Israeli regime killed her for it.
Recently, Shireen’s brother Tony, niece Lina, and nephew Victor took their demand for accountability for her killing to Washington DC, where they met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and held a press conference outside the Capitol.
Their demand: Launch a full, credible, independent U.S. investigation into Shireen’s killing.
“This is the very least the Biden administration must do,” said Shireen’s niece Lina Abu Akleh. “They cannot rely on Israel’s words. War criminals cannot investigate their own crimes.”
One by one, this demand was echoed by members of Congress who spoke at the press conference, including Reps. André Carson, Betty McCollum, Marie Newman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, with statements read from Rep. Cori Bush, Sen. Jeff Merkley, and Sen. Chris Van Hollen.
“Shireen’s life was not disposable,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib said. “Her killing was not an accident. Even as they tried to taint her name, it was impossible because Shireen was an incredible human being.”
We must stop the Israeli regime from killing Palestinian people with impunity. Thank you for demanding justice for Shireen.