Arab women condemn UN, West for silence on Abu Akleh’s assassination

Shireen Abu Akleh
Palestinian mourners wave national flags as they carry the casket of slain Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, during her funeral procession near Jaffa Gate, one of the main gates of the Old City of Jerusalem, on May 13, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
AMMAN — Forty Arab women’s organizations, in a press statement on Saturday, addressed UN agencies and Western embassies in the Arab world condemning their silence on the “assassination” of veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.اضافة اعلان

Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli occupation forces in Jenin on Wednesday.

“Your shameful silence only serve (sic) to support the illegal occupation of Palestine, Israeli apartheid, and human rights violations,” the organizations said.

The NGOs called on the UN and Western governments to “hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law”, calling for a full investigation into Abu Akleh’s murder at the International Criminal Court.

“Targeting journalists is not only an international human rights violation, but an intentional strategy to suppress freedom of expression and information dissemination,” the statement said.

The NGOs called on world leaders and the international community to denounce Israel’s aggression and sanction the country, and called on Arab leaders to sever ties and end normalization efforts with Israel.

“We ask you to stand on the right side of history to protect human rights, and support Palestinians in their struggle for their legitimate rights,” the statement concluded.

The statement was signed by women’s organizations from Palestine, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, and Mauritania.

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