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Washington rejects ICC probe into Israel’s murder of Al Jazeera reporter

The Cradle | December 7, 2022

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price on 6 December said the White House opposes Al Jazeera taking the murder of Palestinian-American reporter Shireen Abu Aqla to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“We oppose it,” Price told reporters when pressed about the ICC probe. He went on to add Washington maintains its “longstanding objections to the ICC’s investigation into the Palestinian situation and the position the ICC should focus on its core mission, and that core mission of serving as a court of last resort and punishing and deterring atrocity crimes.”

Abu Aqla was shot dead by Israeli troops on 11 May as she was covering a raid in the Jenin refugee camp. At the time of her death, she was wearing full body armor with clearly visible press markings.

Washington has long opposed Palestinian-led efforts to take up Israeli human rights abuses with international bodies, including the UN and the ICC.

The ICC has reportedly reviewed the evidence presented by the Qatari news network, and will make a decision on whether or not it will launch an investigation. The uncertainty comes naturally, as Israel has attempted to shut down any form of an objective inquiry into the incident since it took place.

Independent investigations by the UN, human rights groups, and western media outlets have all concluded Abu Aqla was deliberately shot by an Israeli soldier in an area where no Palestinian gunmen were present.

Last month, the White House disavowed an FBI investigation into the killing in order to appease Israel.

Israel, which rights groups accuse of imposing a system of apartheid on Palestinians, receives $3.8 billion in US security assistance annually.

Price’s reaction to the ICC probe echoes that of Israeli officials, who on Tuesday called for the expulsion of Al Jazeera journalists from the occupied territories.

Al Jazeera is an anti-Semitic and false propaganda network working against Israel in the world,” Jewish supremacist official Itamar Ben Gvir said in a tweet, before calling for the journalists’ expulsion.

Israeli Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman also called for withdrawing the license of Al Jazeera reporters, saying: “I expect the [Israeli] government press office to revoke the journalists’ credentials of Al Jazeera reporters who are in Israel.”

Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, for his part, has said he will not allow any interrogation of army soldiers in connection with Abu Aqla’s death.

In a statement on Tuesday, Al Jazeera said its lawsuit with the ICC includes “new witness evidence and video footage that clearly show that Abu Aqla and her colleagues were directly fired at by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF).”

“The evidence presented to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) confirms, without any doubt, that there was no firing in the area where Shireen was, other than the IOF shooting directly at her,” the statement added.

“My family still doesn’t know who fired that deadly bullet and who was in the chain of command that killed my aunt,” Abu Aqla’s niece, Lina Abu Aqla, said at a press conference in The Hague.

“The evidence is overwhelmingly clear, we expect the ICC to take action,” she said, adding that they had asked for a meeting with prosecutor Karim Khan.

Israel is not an ICC member and disputes the court’s jurisdiction. The US is also not a member.

December 7, 2022 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Full Spectrum Dominance | , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. Who can be surprised by this ZioWhite House/ZioState Department reaction?

    Thanks for this report.

    (“We oppose it,” Price told reporters when pressed about the ICC probe. He went on to add Washington maintains its “longstanding objections to the ICC’s investigation into the Palestinian situation and the position the ICC should focus on its core mission, and that core mission of serving as a court of last resort and punishing and deterring atrocity crimes.” … If that quotation is accurate, then Price is inarticulate, illiterate, incompetent, unworthy of my tax assessments that pay his salary….)

    Liked by 2 people

    Comment by roberthstiver | December 7, 2022 | Reply

    • Every American Tax Payer is CONSTANTLY giving Israel part of their TAXES to Israel, and America’s Tax Avoiders voluntarily give Billions of $$$ to Israel every year as well.
      “They gotcha by the Balls”(George Carlin)

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | December 7, 2022 | Reply

  2. “US State Department spokesperson Ned Price on 6 December said the White House opposes Al Jazeera taking the murder of Palestinian-American reporter Shireen Abu Aqla to the International Criminal Court (ICC)”.

    The USA (and Israel) have refused to Join the “International Criminal Court” at the Hague, so their opinions do not matter to the rest of the World who HAVE joined the ICC.
    Price, and his immediate boss, Blinken, are both “Red Sea Pedestrians”, but they control The USA’s State Department. Is it any wonder that the USA Government ALWAYS endorses AVERYTHING that Israel wants?

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | December 7, 2022 | Reply

  3. In your face proof the quoted US gov hates it’s own people . Is there a stronger meaning of The Tyrant? Free Palestine and most of all Free the US for world peace! To The Sea!

    Liked by 2 people

    Comment by Sparrow | December 7, 2022 | Reply

  4. How cowardly of these American politicians and government people, what perverted use of language to cover for a criminal act, instead of a righteous and moral stand to at least abide by an investigation. While the Israeli leaders have said the ICC has “no jurisdiction” over Israel, Joe Biden’s people are saying the same. America and Israel thus, are a law unto themselves, and for the latter, how often it objects to what it calls attempts to “delegitimize” its existence. But it is not legitimate in origin, being that it conquered a people, took their land by force and continues to deny them rights it affords jewish ‘citizens’, all the while instigating a genocide and expulsion, an expulsion begun with the Zionist invasion and conquest, to the very present.

    How bankrupt is America to a part of this and the irony being…

    Israel is not an ally to America. It is the opposite.

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    Comment by michael | December 7, 2022 | Reply

    • The very fact that off ALL the countries around the World that joined the International Criminal Court, only The USA and Israel, declined to be bound by its rulings. That is a fair indication that the Leaders of the USA and Israel, admit that they routinely operate outside of International Law.
      Two renegade States, in Bed together, in a very unholy alliance…..for all the world to see.
      What a gruesome pair.

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | December 7, 2022 | Reply

  5. Though it may be hard to imagine, soon the US of As will count less than zero. When you’re feeling down, try to imagine the worldwide joy when the Great Oppressor is finally and irrevocably vanquished.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Victor G. | December 8, 2022 | Reply


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