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Death of Al Jazeera Reporter: In the Court of Global Opinion, Israel Has Already Lost

Israel eventually softened its PR counterattack into accusations it had killed Shireen Abu Akleh, but that is unlikely to sway the world's opinion. There are, however, some notable mitigating circumstances

Amos Harel
Amos Harel
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Amos Harel
Amos Harel

Immediately after the death of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Wednesday morning during an Israel Defense Forces operation in Jenin, Israeli leaders and spokesmen went into the traditional self-righteous routine. Senior figures, hasbara people and a few volunteer journalists were quick to scatter accusations and hints about Palestinian responsibility for the tragic incident. The Palestinians, it was explained, are responsible for the death of the Al Jazeera reporter because of the terrorism they perpetrate, which forces the IDF to enter deep into the West Bank. And they are responsible specifically for the shooting itself, because the IDF opens fire only in an orderly, controlled manner, whereas the armed Palestinians tend to spray volleys of gunfire every which way.

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