May 25, 2022

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Rashid Khalidi: Israel Systematically Targets Palestinian Journalists to Hide Reality of Occupation

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Palestinians are holding a state funeral in Ramallah for Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, a veteran journalist who was one of the best-known television journalists in Palestine and the Arab world. Abu Akleh, who was a U.S. citizen, was wearing a press uniform and covering an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank when she was fatally shot in the head on Wednesday. Israel initially claimed she may have been shot by a Palestinian gunman, but later said it was unclear who shot her, after witnesses, including other journalists, said she was shot dead by Israeli forces. "People are shocked all over Palestine, all over the Arab world, actually," says Rashid Khalidi, professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University. Israel’s "colonial army" has "systematically targeted" Palestinian journalists, says Khalidi. "It’s really important to Israel that nobody see what’s going on in the Occupied Territories."

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