Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen has called for the release of a report on Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh’s death. According to the Washington Examiner, Abu Akleh died in May 2022 after being struck by a bullet during an Israeli raid in the West Bank city of Jenin. A State Department investigation found that it was likely the result of a stray Israeli bullet, but investigators could not definitively say who fired the fatal shot, leaving the report’s findings inconclusive.
The declassification of this important new USSC Report about the shooting death of American citizen & journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, is vital to ensuring accountability & saving innocent lives going forward — goals we should all support.
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/sFO9yOvdNo
— Senator Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) June 6, 2023
The USSC found no evidence to suggest that the death was intentional, instead the result of tragic circumstances that followed a series of terrorist attacks in Israel. Despite this, Van Hollen has urged the Biden administration to release the report in full, calling its declassification vital in ensuring transparency and accountability.
As a Conservative Republican, it is clear that the Left has again used someone’s death for political gain. Van Hollen’s call for the report’s release is a ploy to further pressure Israel, and it does not seem to address the tragic circumstances of Abu Akleh’s death. The State Department’s investigation found that the journalist’s death was likely the result of a stray bullet during a military operation against factions of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which the USSC concluded was the fault of the IDF.
It is essential to note, however, that the USSC found no reason to believe that this was an intentional effort made by the IDF. Senator Van Hollen’s request for the report’s release is nothing but a political stunt to capitalize on the tragedy of a journalist’s untimely death, to further demonize Israel, and to discredit a reliable American ally in the middle east.
Source: Conservative Institute