Middle East Monitor / January 9, 2023
Israeli Forces have killed 55 Palestinian journalists since 2000, according to a local syndicate on Monday, Anadolu News Agency reports.
“Fifty-five reporters have been killed, either by Israeli fire or bombardment since 2000,” Naser Abu Baker, Head of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS), told a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
He added that two journalists were killed by Israeli forces in 2022, including Al-Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh.
Abu Akleh, 51, a Palestinian-American journalist, was killed on 11 May, and the Palestinian Health Ministry said she was shot in the head while covering an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin. The Israeli army, however, said the reporter was likely killed by “wrong” gunfire from an Israeli soldier.
Several leading media agencies, including Al-Jazeera, CNN, Associated Press, The Washington Post and The New York Times conducted their own investigations, which all came to the conclusion that Abu Akleh was killed by an Israeli bullet.
Abu Baker said the highest number of Israeli attacks against Palestinian journalists was reported in Jerusalem.
“These assaults aim to prevent journalists from conveying the truth about what Islamic and Christian holy sites are exposed to,” he added.
Abu Baker said the PJS is taking steps to take the Israeli attacks against journalists to the International Criminal Court, without providing further details.
Mohammad al-Lahham, Head of the PJS’s Freedoms Committee, said 40 Palestinian journalists were detained by Israeli Forces last year, 20 of whom are still in prison.
There was no comment from the Israeli authorities on the report.
According to Palestinian figures, Israeli forces killed 224 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza last year.