Marcel Khalife, Fairuz, Assala mourn killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Ahram Online , Wednesday 11 May 2022

Shortly following news of the death of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by alleged Israeli gunfire in the West Bank, Arab artists took to social media to express their sorrow and condemn the killing.

Shireen Abu Aqleh
Palestinians hold posters displaying veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, who was, according to the network, shot dead by Israeli troops as she covered a raid on the West Bank s Jenin refugee camp on May 11, 2022. AFP


Among the first to mourn Abu Akleh was Lebanese composer and oud player, as well as strong supporter of the Palestinian cause, Marcel Khalife.

“Shireen Abu Akleh will continue living with us through her message of tenderness and love, under the blazing sky,” Khalife wrote on his Twitter account.

Iconic Lebanese singer Fairuz posted a photo of Abu Akleh, adding a quote from lyrics to one of her songs: “We cannot stop the humiliation, killing, fear and displacement.” The song is based on John Lennon’s Imagine, which calls for peace.

“The wounded girl of Palestine,” Syrian singer Assala wrote on Twitter, adding that “she believed in her homeland and her work, and paid with her life for the truth.”

Independent musicians also offered their condolences. El Far3i, a Palestinian and Jordanian songwriter and rapper, wrote on Twitter, “she covered the news of the land and the martyrs until she was martyred herself.”

Photos of the journalist were also shared by dozens of Arab artists, including Palestinian-Egyptian poet Tamim Al-Barghouti.

Abu Akleh was killed, seemingly by Israeli soldiers, in the northern West Bank city of Jenin earlier today.

Al-Jazeera and a reporter who was wounded in the incident have blamed Israeli forces for the killing. Israeli authorities say they are still investigating.

Abu Akleh, 51, was born in Jerusalem. She began working for Al-Jazeera in 1997 and regularly reported on-camera from across the Palestinian territories. In video footage of the incident, she can be seen wearing a blue flak jacket clearly marked with the word “PRESS.”

Abu Akleh’s producer Ali Samoudi, who was wounded in the incident, told The Associated Press they were among a group of seven reporters who were covering the raid early on Wednesday.

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