Colleagues and friends say Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed by Israeli forces while reporting, is a role model.
Al Jazeera’s Shireen Abu Akleha 51-year-old Palestinian-American Jerusalemite, on a mission in the West Bank occupied by Israeli forces shot she is wearing blue anti-aircraft gun The jacket is clearly marked with “PRESS”.
this senior reporterAccording to her colleagues and friends, she was a role model for generations of Arab journalists and a voice for the voiceless, reporting for 3 years in and around Palestine.
Here’s how some of them chose to remember her:
Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar
Jarrar said Abu Akleh was the voice of Palestinians and was killed by “the monster of Israeli colonialism and occupation”.
“Shileen has been my voice in the prison cell,” she said, adding that Shireen was the first person she saw at a court hearing a month after she was last in Israeli custody.
“Shileen is our voice. It’s unbelievable. It’s a crime, it’s all clear – intentional and direct targeting. She’s being targeted. The weather is fine.”
Tamer Mishal, Al Jazeera reporter
Al Jazeera’s Tamer Mishal said Abu Ake was a role model for “every Palestinian journalist and every Arab journalist”.
“Shireen Abu Akleh was professional and persistent until the last second,” he added.
The last message Abu Akleh sent to Al Jazeera was an email at 6.13am local time (0313GMT) in which she wrote: “The occupying forces have attacked and besieged Jenin. A house in the Jabriyat community. On the way there, when the situation becomes clear, I will bring you news as soon as possible.”
Walid al-Omari, Office Manager, Al Jazeera, Ramallah
Omari said there were no clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters when Abu Ackley was killed.
“It seems that she was also targeted in her journalist vest; she is known to be biased against certain political parties, which makes her a clear target, and she covers the truth and the whole truth,” he said.
Nida Ibrahim, colleague
Ibrahim, an Al Jazeera correspondent and Abu Akleh’s colleague in the occupied West Bank, said “she was kind, dedicated and loyal”.
Ibrahim broke down in tears, describing Abu Akl as a “unique” man who was “very well-known, yet humble” and committed to personal excellence.
“Shileen understands the story through and through, she understands the nuances. She brings a wealth of information to her reporting,” she said.
At the time of her death, Abu Akleh had been studying Hebrew to better understand Israeli media narratives and had just completed a diploma in digital media, Ibrahim said.
“Not only is she a veteran who has been reporting this story here for years, but she’s also someone who is eager to keep learning and keep using new means to report.”
Dalia Hatuqa, colleague and close friend
Al-Jazeera journalist Hatuka, a close friend of Abu Akler, said “Shirin was a trailblazer and an inspiration to all of us”.
“Her appearance became synonymous with Al Jazeera,” she said.
Hatuqa told her friends that Abu Akleh was more than just the face of Al Jazeera.
“Her laughter is infectious. She loves to travel, travel the world, shop, party,” Hatuka said. “She lost her parents when she was young and saw so much cruelty in the world, especially in Palestine, but that didn’t stop her from appreciating and enjoying life.”