Frictions in the Government due to the death of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. The Minister of Social Rights and General Secretary of Podemos, Ione Belarrahas addressed a letter to the Department of Foreign Affairs headed by the socialist Jose Manuel Albares.
In this letter, to which EL ESPAÑOL has had access, Belarra transfers his “rejection” to a “part” of the statement that Foreign Affairs published this Thursday after the murder of the reporter for the Al Jazeera networkoccurred in Jenin, a city in the north of the West Bank.
“The journalist was killed by an unintentional shotbut clearly intentional, which immediately ended his life”, states the text of Social Rights, which requires the use of the term murder instead of “death” or “passing away”.
In addition, insists on attributing the death, not yet fully clarified, of Israel. “The Most of the sources, including the other journalists present at the incident, suggest that the shots came from members of the Israeli army,” reads the letter, addressed to the Director General of Communication, Public Diplomacy and Foreign Networks.
Finally, Ione Belarra considers that this ministry should have condemned the death in “stronger” ways and point to “the more than possible authors”. Podemos is clear: these are the soldiers of Israel.
The department headed by José Manuel Albares responded to the event with a brief text of two paragraphs, in which it lamented the “death” of Shireen Abu Akleh.
In his letter, he requested “that the serious events that occurred be investigated and clarified and that the freedom of the press and the work of journalists be respected”.
For its part, António Guterres, Secretary of the United Nations (UN), urged this Thursday “the competent authorities” to open an “independent investigation” into the events.
Shortly after, at the UN headquarters, Palestinian Ambassador Ryad Mansour he refused to allow such an investigation to be carried out by Israel, because, as he said, “criminals cannot investigate themselves.” The leadership of the Al Jazeera chain in Qatar has also blamed Israeli soldiers for the death of its well-known 50-year-old journalist.
Analysis of the shooting between Palestinian terrorists and the IDF in which the Al Jazeera journalist was killed pic.twitter.com/mgGxJiTTBy
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In contrast, ACOM, the Jewish organization that promotes relations between Spain and Israel, has published a video on its Twitter profile in which it assures that the reporter was killed by Palestinian fire, being mistaken for an Israeli soldier.