After her aunt was killed while reporting in the occupied West Bank, Lina Abu Akleh became the face of an international campaign to demand accountability from Israel. Her aunt, Shireen Abu Akleh—a renowned Palestinian American correspondent for Al Jazeera—died while covering an Israeli military raid in the city of Jenin on May 11. Initially, Israeli authorities claimed that Palestinian gunmen were responsible, sparking an international outcry. In the months since, Lina has given dozens of interviews, met with U.S. lawmakers to call for an FBI investigation, and most recently submitted a complaint to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Israel has since admitted that there is a “high possibility” that Shireen was shot by an Israeli soldier in error but maintained it was not intentional. Lina’s efforts extended the work of her aunt (posthumously granted the prestigious 2022 President’s Award from the National Press Club) by publicly demanding scrutiny of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
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