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Israel’s UN envoy says PA refused joint investigation into journalist’s death

Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan speaks at the UN in New York in January 2021. (Shahar Azran/ Israeli Mission to the UN)
Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan speaks at the UN in New York in January 2021. (Shahar Azran/ Israeli Mission to the UN)

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan says the Palestinian Authority has refused to hold a joint investigation into the death of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Jenin this morning.

“The Palestinian Authority rushed to blame Israel without even the ability to know the facts,” Erdan says. That is why we called on the Palestinian Authority to be transparent and agree to a joint investigation. They have refused.”

“Her death is a tragedy but no one should use it for political gains, especially those who violate human rights on a daily basis.”

“Protecting freedom of the press is of critical importance to Israel, Erdan says, adding, “We express sorrow for her loss.”

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