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Al jazeera journalist shireen abu akleh, aqleh killed in West Bank

Al jazeera journalist shireen abu akleh, aqleh killed in West Bank
Shireen Abu Akleh, who worked for Al Jazeera and was based in Jerusalem, was one of the most well-known Palestinian reporters.

A Palestinian journalist who broke new ground was killed in the West Bank.

Ms. Abu Akleh, a 51-year-old Palestinian American reporter, was killed in the West Bank on Wednesday. Throughout the Middle East, everyone knew her name.

Shireen Abu Akleh used to study to be an architect, but she didn't see a future for herself in that field. So she decided to become a journalist instead. She is now one of the best-known journalists in Palestine.

"I chose to be a journalist so I could be close to the people," she said in a short clip that Al Jazeera shared soon after she was shot and killed in the West Bank on Wednesday. "It might not be easy to change the way things are, but at least I was able to let the world hear what they had to say."

Ms. Abu Akleh, a 51-year-old Palestinian American, was a familiar face on the Al Jazeera network, where she reported for 25 years. She made her name during the violence of the Palestinian uprising called the second intifada, which began in 2000 and shook Israel and the occupied West Bank.

She died because Israeli forces shot her in the head in the West Bank city of Jenin, Al Jazeera and the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The Israeli military said on Twitter that it could have been "armed Palestinian gunfire."

Mohammed Daraghmeh, who has known Ms. Abu Akleh for a long time and is the Ramallah bureau chief for the Arabic-language news site Asharq News, said that she was still committed to covering all issues that affected the Palestinians, big and small.

He said that the last time he talked to her was two days ago. He told her that he didn't think the events in Jenin were important enough for a senior journalist like her to cover.

He said, "But she went anyway." "She wrote about the story in the right way."

On Wednesday, women in Hebron looked up to Ms. Abu Akleh as a martyr.
On Wednesday, women in Hebron looked up to Ms. Abu Akleh as a martyr.

Wesam Hammad, a news producer at Al Jazeera who worked with Ms. Abu Akleh for 17 years and knew her well, said that the smaller stories that showed how people lived were what interested her the most. He said that she would see a story when no one else would.

"Sometimes I would tell Shireen to forget about it because it wasn't a big deal," he said. "But she always thought of so many different ways we could do it and how we could make it a very human and touching story about Palestinians that no other journalist would ever think of doing."

Ms. Abu Akleh was born in Jerusalem to a Catholic family. She went to school in Jordan and got a bachelor's degree in journalism there. Friends and coworkers say that when she was younger, she lived in the United States and became a citizen because her mother's family lived in New Jersey.

Al Jazeera said that after she finished college, she worked for Voice of Palestine radio and the Amman Satellite Channel before coming to work for Al Jazeera in 1997.

Soon, Palestinians and Arabs all over the Middle East knew her name. This made many people want to follow in her footsteps.

Dalia Hatuqa, a Palestinian-American journalist and friend of Ms. Abu Akleh, said that her live TV reports and sign-offs became famous and that people wanted to be like her.

Ms. Hatuqa said, "I know a lot of girls who grew up standing in front of a mirror with their hair brushes in their hands and pretending to be Shireen." "That's how long she was there and how important she was."

One of them was her niece, Lina Abu Akleh, who is 27 years old. She would read her aunt's written reports into her pink Barbie phone when she was young.

Lina Abu Akleh said, "I always told her, 'I don't know if I have the courage and strength you do.' She would tell me it's not easy, it's a very hard job.'"

She also said that her death showed how dangerous it is for Palestinian journalists to do their jobs in the occupied West Bank, in Gaza, or in Israel.

In an interview with the Palestinian TV station An-Najah NBC in 2017, she was asked if she ever worried about being shot.

She said, "Of course I get scared." "At one point, you forget about that fear. We don't try to kill ourselves. Before I think about how I'm going to go up on the screen and what I'm going to say, we go and try to find a place to stand and a way to protect the team.

Husam Zomlot, who works for the Palestinian Authority in Britain, called her the "most famous Palestinian journalist."

Because of Ms. Abu Akleh, many Palestinians learned about the Abu Akleh family.

Fadi Abu Akleh, Shireen's cousin, said, "Everyone knows who Shireen is." "When I tell people who I am, they always ask, "How do you know Shireen?"

On Wednesday, some women in Bethlehem lit candles to remember Ms. Abu Akleh.
On Wednesday, some women in Bethlehem lit candles to remember Ms. Abu Akleh.

She lived in Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah. Her cousin said that she lived in Jerusalem with her brother and his family, which included two nieces and a nephew who she loved very much.

Lina Abu Akleh said, "She was my best friend, my second mom, and my travel partner." "She was my whole world."

The last time they went on a trip together, it was to New York so they could spend Christmas with family in the U.S.

Ms. Abu Akleh spent a few weeks in the United States not long ago. She has been back in Ramallah for about a month. Mr. Daraghmeh said that she never seemed to have seriously considered moving to the United States.

Once, Al Jazeera sent her to work in the United States. She went back to Ramallah after three months.

"When she got home, she said, 'I can finally breathe. "In the U.S., everything is technical and hard to understand," Mr. Daraghmeh said. "'Life is easy here. I really like Palestine. I'd like to stay.'"

The president's office says that a state funeral procession will be held Thursday in the West Bank city of Ramallah. It will start at the presidential headquarters and the Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas will be there.

She will be buried next to her mother in a cemetery in Jerusalem on Friday.

Ms. Hatuqa said that Shireen was a leader. "It's just too bad that she won't be around to keep leading in this field."

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