News Roundup for May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022
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J Street Calls for Independent US Investigation Into Killing of Palestinian-American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, J Street
“In the face of this dangerous escalation, it is critical that US policymakers ask what our government can and should be doing to help finally break this destructive cycle, to ensure Israel’s security and future as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people, and to guarantee the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and safety in an independent state of their own.”

Top News and Analysis

White House Condemns Killing Of Al Jazeera Journalist In Israeli Raid, HuffPost
The White House spoke out against the killing earlier Wednesday of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was covering an Isreali military raid in the occupied West Bank when she was shot in the head and her colleague was wounded.

U.S. Presses Israel and Palestinians to Launch Joint Probe Into Journalist’s Death, Axios
The Biden administration is pressing Israel and the Palestinian Authority to engage in a joint investigation into the death of Palestinian American Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh as soon as possible, according to three sources briefed on the issue.

Israel Approves Over 4,000 New Settler Homes, The Washington Post
Israel advanced plans for the construction of more than 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, a rights group said, a day after the military demolished homes in an area where hundreds of Palestinians face the threat of expulsion.


Palestinians Mourn Slain Al Jazeera Journalist, Blame Israel, AP
Thousands gathered to mourn a slain Al Jazeera journalist in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday, as the head of the Palestinian Authority blamed Israel for her death and rejected Israeli calls for a joint investigation.

Palestinian Shot After Charging at Israeli Cops in Jerusalem’s Old City, Haaretz
A Palestinian man suspected of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City was shot by Israeli forces on Wednesday.

Likud Pulls Bill to Dissolve Knesset After Ra’Am Gives Coalition Another Chance, The Times of Israel
The Likud party on Wednesday pulled its bill to dissolve the Knesset after Ra’am chief Mansour Abbas announced that his party will return to the coalition and fulfill its related obligations.

Israel Admits Security Forces May Have Killed Palestinian-american Al Jazeera Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, CBS News
Israel’s Defence Minister Benny Gantz conceded late Wednesday that it could have been “the Palestinians who shot her” or fire from “our side” — appearing to walk back Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s remarks that she was “likely” killed by stray Palestinian gunfire.

Opinion and Analysis

For Us, Palestinians, Shireen Abu Akleh Was a Legend, Haaretz
Hanin Majadli reflects, “Abu Akleh wasn’t just another very professional journalist or a great reporter, she was the voice of my generation. She shaped our political consciousness to a large degree, and over the course of two decades was a notable model for commitment, professionalism, honesty, humanity and quality. It’s no wonder that she became an icon.”