Cornerstone laid for Shireen Abu Akleh press museum in Palestine | Israel-Palestine battle Information

Cornerstone laid for Shireen Abu Akleh press museum in Palestine | Israel-Palestine battle Information

Ramallah, occupied West Financial institution – Palestinian Authority (PA) officers and the Al Jazeera Media Community laid the cornerstone for the Shireen Abu Akleh press museum in Ramallah within the central Israeli-occupied West Financial institution on the primary anniversary of her loss of life.

Abu Akleh, a tv correspondent with Al Jazeera for 25 years, was shot by Israeli forces on Could 11, 2022, whereas reporting on an Israeli army raid within the occupied West Financial institution metropolis of Jenin.

“Shireen was the witness and the martyr,” mentioned Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh at Thursday’s ceremony.

“In the present day, we immortalise the reminiscence of Shireen Abu Akleh on this museum, which is able to doc Palestinian journalism and media.”

The occasion was attended by Abu Akleh’s household, Ramallah Mayor Issa Kassis and different officers, in addition to the pinnacle of the Palestine Journalists’ Syndicate, Nasser Abu Bakr, and a number of other diplomatic and civil society figures.

“We are going to proceed to go after these killers, these criminals. We don’t imagine within the investigation committee that they introduced, or its outcomes. We wish there to be an impartial investigation,” Shtayyeh instructed Abu Akleh’s brother as he unveiled the cornerstone.

The museum is about to open in 2025, on 4,709sq m (50,687 sq ft) of land allotted by the Ramallah municipality. Whereas Al Jazeera has undertaken the prices of development, the municipality might be in control of the museum as soon as it opens to the general public.

Abu Akleh, 51, was shot lifeless on Could 11, 2022, whereas reporting on an Israeli military raid on the Jenin refugee camp within the northern occupied West Financial institution. She was carrying a clearly marked press vest and helmet, and standing with different journalists when she was killed.

Whereas the Israeli military admitted in September 2022 that its troopers “more than likely” killed Shireen, the Israeli authorities has prevented an impartial investigation from going down till right this moment, and has maintained that it’ll not maintain anybody accountable for the killing.

Abu Akleh’s legacy

Final week, Kassis and Al Jazeera’s Chairman Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani signed the settlement for the museum’s development, on the community’s headquarters in Doha, Qatar.

Ahmad Abu Laban, the final director of the Ramallah municipality, mentioned the museum will embody a number of elements.

“The primary element is an exhibition of Abu Akleh’s journalistic legacy {and professional} journey. A second exhibition might be of Palestinian journalists who have been martyred, and the third element is targeted on the journey and historical past of Palestinian media,” Abu Laban instructed Al Jazeera, including that the museum will maintain common actions and occasions for the general public.

Abu Laban mentioned the museum would be the “fourth landmark” in Ramallah, alongside three others: the Yasser Arafat Museum, the Mahmoud Darwish Museum, and the Nelson Mandela statue.

He mentioned he believes such a mission is necessary to spotlight makes an attempt “by the occupation, by its assassinations of Palestinian journalists and icons, to silence the reality”.

“These individuals, nonetheless, will stay alive amongst us, by their legacy, and they’re going to push the following generations ahead, whether or not journalists or common Palestinians,” mentioned Abu Laban.

Struggles of Palestinian journalists

Abed Alhafeez Jaawan, a Palestinian journalist who works for Al Arabiya TV, instructed Al Jazeera he believes “Shireen’s killing prompted your complete world to concentrate to the struggling of Palestinian journalists within the area. The concentrating on of journalists is an ongoing actuality. So long as we’re within the area, there might be those that don’t like our work and who goal us.”

“Such a museum is necessary to doc the work of Palestinian journalism and media, which has a had a really essential position and can proceed to have one within the journey for Palestinian liberation and independence,” Jaawan mentioned on the ceremony.

The laying of the cornerstone for the museum was the ultimate ceremony in an emotional week of occasions marking the one-year anniversary.

On Sunday, Abu Akleh’s family and friends held a memorial mass on the al-Liqaa Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Beit Hanina, occupied East Jerusalem. On Tuesday, a giant memorial occurred to honour her legacy on the Ramallah Cultural Palace, which a whole lot of Palestinians attended.

Those that have been near her stay in shock and ache.

“I used to see Shireen every day. She was a really shut good friend. We’d name one another every single day. We used to share with one another all of our worries, our comfortable moments, our unhappy moments. She is a fantastic particular person in friendship, in journey, in the whole lot,” Iman Hammouri, who was a detailed good friend of Abu Akleh, instructed Al Jazeera.

“Sadly, Israel is getting away with all crimes. If it managed to get away with such an especially clear crime, then individuals really feel defeat – that they might by no means get justice of their trigger. [But] if we handle to acquire justice for Shireen, then I imagine that can assist construct a basis for Israel to be punished for all of its battle crimes.”

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