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What the U.S. Should Say About the Death of Shireen Abu Akleh

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At around 6:30 A.M. on May 11, 2022, Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh was preparing to report on another night of skirmishes between Palestinian militiamen and Israeli commandos in Jenin. A fresh flurry of shots rang out. She was struck once in the head. Her colleagues, scattering for cover, never saw the shooter.

By 7:18 A.M., the Palestinian Authority – which exercises no real governance over Jenin, a tenement town operating at the mercy of the Islamist groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad – was formally accusing the army of having killed the journalist. Minutes later, at 7:39 A.M., Husam Zomlot, Palestinian envoy to London, tweeted: “Israeli occupation forces assassinated our beloved journalist Shireen Abu Akleh while covering their brutality in Jenin.”

This was not just a rush to judgment. It was the beginning of a stampede. Countless other Palestinian officials have blamed Israel for Abu Akleh’s tragic death. But this comes as no surprise. For the Palestinians, Israeli culpability is a foregone conclusion. As the Palestinian National Authority’s prime minister put it, explaining why his government spurned Israeli........

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