Israel: UN rights chief calls for end to ‘culture of impunity’

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Investigations indispensable beryllium held into the actions of the Israeli information forces, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said connected Saturday, calling for accountability and an extremity to impunity.

Her entreaty comes successful the aftermath of the sidesplitting of Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh, who was fatally changeable connected Wednesday portion covering an Israeli raid successful Jenin, West Bank.

The seasoned Palestinian-American writer was buried successful East Jerusalem connected Friday and immense crowds turned retired for her funeral.

‘Shocking’ usage of force

The High Commissioner issued a connection saying she was pursuing “with heavy distress” the events successful the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

"Footage of Israeli constabulary attacking mourners astatine the ceremonial procession of writer Shireen Abu Akleh successful East Jerusalem connected Friday 13 May was shocking. Reports bespeak that astatine slightest 33 radical were injured," she said.

Ms. Bachelet said the Israeli usage of force, which was being filmed and broadcast live,  appeared to beryllium unnecessary and indispensable beryllium promptly and transparently investigated.

"There indispensable beryllium accountability for the unspeakable sidesplitting not conscionable of Shireen Abu Akleh but for each the killings and superior injuries successful the occupied Palestinian territory,” she said.

Call for investigations

The UN rights main reported that 48 Palestinians person been killed by Israeli information forces truthful acold this year.

The latest decease occurred connected Saturday erstwhile a young antheral called Walid al-Sharif, succumbed to injuries sustained during clashes past period astatine the Al Aqsa Mosque compound successful Jerusalem.

“As I person called for galore times before, determination indispensable beryllium due investigations into the actions of Israeli information forces,” said Ms. Bachelet. 

“Anyone recovered liable should beryllium held to relationship with penal and disciplinary sanctions commensurate to the gravity of the violation. This civilization of impunity indispensable extremity now.”

Security Council condemnation

The sidesplitting of Ms. Abu Akleh has sent shockwaves crossed the globe, and UN officials person been among those calling for an investigation.

The writer was changeable adjacent though she wore a vest that identified her arsenic a subordinate of the property corps. Her shaper besides was wounded.

The UN Security Council issued a connection connected Friday powerfully condemning her killing, reiterating that journalists should beryllium protected arsenic civilians.

The Council besides called for an immediate, thorough, transparent, and just and impartial probe into her killing, and stressed the request to guarantee accountability.  

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