Israeli Prime Minister: We will not allow anyone to investigate our soldiers

Al-Jazeera News Network’s announcement to refer the case of the assassination of Palestinian journalist Sherine Abu Aqleh to the International Criminal Court infuriated Tel Aviv. On Tuesday, December 6, 2022, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said no one would be allowed to investigate Israeli soldiers.

Lapid added that no one will investigate the soldiers of the Israeli occupation army, nor will they give us lessons on combat ethics, while the Israeli defense minister said, for his part, that “the death of Sherine Abu Aqleh was an event of combat which has been investigated with the greatest accuracy and depth”. As for Reporters Without Borders, he confirmed his support for Sherine Abu Aqleh’s family and the Al-Jazeera network in taking the case of the Palestinian journalist assassinated by the Israeli occupation forces before the criminal court.

These reactions come after Al-Jazeera Media Network raised the case of the assassination of journalist Sherine Abu Aqleh, by the Israeli occupation forces, at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, according to the site web of the channel, citing a statement from the network, and according to the Al-Jazeera channel, this procedure comes six months after the brutal assassination of Sherine, during which the team network attorney conducted a thorough and detailed investigation of the case, uncovering new prove based on eyewitness accounts and by examining a large number of videos and prove forensics related to the case.

Al-Jazeera also confirmed that it highlighted in the file of the assassination of Sherine Abu Aqleh presented to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court that the new prove quoted from witness statements and video footage clearly show that Sherine and her colleagues were subjected to direct fire by the Israeli occupation forces. You also indicated that the Israeli authorities’ claim that Shireen Abu Aqleh was mistakenly killed in a firefight is unsubstantiated.

The network has also indicated that the prove provided confirm to the Public Prosecutor’s Office that there were no clashes or shootings in the area in where Shireen was, with the exception of the shots that were directly targeted by the occupation forces and her colleagues, while the journalists were in a clearly visible place, walking in group, slowly along the road, with their jackets and helmets mediathere were no other people in tour.

According to the network, these prove presented today to the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court undermine the findings of the Israeli military’s investigation and indicate that this premeditated killing of journalist Sherine Abu Aqleh was part of a wider campaign to target and silence Al Jazeera. The network also welcomed the interest of the international community, human rights organizations and bodies defending the freedom of media in the case, and his continued call for accountability for those responsible for this heinous crime.

While Al-Jazeera has indicated that, after presenting the dossier, it is organizing a press conference in The Hague, which will be attended by representatives of team lawyer of the network, members of the deceased family, journalists and officials of human rights organizations and bodies defend the freedom of media. Al Jazeera Media Network has renewed its commitment to seek justice for Sherine, adopting all measures and means available to hold her killers accountable.