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100+ Artists Demand Justice for Slain Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

100+ Artists Demand Justice for Slain Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

100+ Artists Demand Justice for Slain Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Greater than 100 artists, together with outstanding filmmakers, writers, and musicians, signed an open letter revealed by Artists for Palestine UK condemning Israel’s homicide of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh within the metropolis of Jenin within the northern West Financial institution on Could 11. It calls for “full accountability for the perpetrators of this crime and everybody concerned in authorizing it.”

Signatories embrace movie administrators Pedro Almodóvar, Boots Riley, and Jim Jarmusch; actors and celebrities Mark Ruffalo and Susan Sarandon; novelists Colm Tóibín, Yann Martel, and Arundhati Roy; musicians Brian Eno and Nicolás Jaar; and political activist and author Angela Davis.

Abu Akleh, who was 51 years outdated on the time of demise and who has been referred to as “the voice of Palestine to the remainder of the Arab world and its diaspora,” was an Al Jazeera journalist who reported on human rights abuses carried out within the Occupied Palestinian Territories for over 20 years. After she was killed whereas masking a raid in Jenin, a number of witnesses — together with her producer, who was additionally shot — stated that Israeli troopers have been liable for her demise. Nonetheless, Israel pinned her demise on Palestinian militants. Immediately, Could 19, the Israel Protection Forces (IDF) launched Abu Akleh was killed in an “lively fight scenario.”

The letter contextualizes Abu Akleh’s killing as a part of a sample of violence perpetrated by the Israeli state in opposition to members of the press, citing the Palestinian Ministry of Data’s estimate that no less than 45 journalists have been killed by Israeli forces (and this occurs to be one of many extra conservative estimates). In line with Amnesty Worldwide, extra have been killed in armed hostilities in Israel and Palestine prior to now two months than in any comparable interval since 2008. The letter additionally condemns Israeli forces’ harassment and assault of grievers carrying Abu Aqleh’s coffin to a funeral service final Friday, Could 13. And it reasserts Amnesty Worldwide, Human Rights Watch, and Israeli human rights group B’Tselem’s verdict that Israel is an apartheid state.

“For a few years Palestinian human rights and civil society teams have been calling on the worldwide neighborhood to take proportional, focused measures to carry Israel to account for its crimes, and to finish its impunity,” the letter notes. “We totally help this name.”
The letter criticizes the “hypocrisy” that “Western powers” have proven in giving Israel free passes regardless of its multi-decade assault on human rights, and urges them to “act with consistency within the software of worldwide regulation and human rights.” Each the Biden administration and the UN Safety Council have referred to as for a clear investigation of the killing, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken has promised Abu Aqleh’s household that the US will insist her demise be completely investigated.

Learn the letter, reproduced in full, under:

We’re deeply disturbed by the Israeli occupation forces’ killing of the extremely revered Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, as she arrived, carrying a clearly marked press vest, to report on an Israeli incursion within the occupied metropolis of Jenin final Wednesday. As we grieve her loss, we name for full accountability for the perpetrators of this crime and everybody concerned in authorizing it.

The assault by closely armed Israeli forces on Palestinian mourners additional dismayed and horrified us. Troopers beat and kicked mourners and pallbearers within the grounds of the St. Joseph Hospital in occupied East Jerusalem, to forestall them from carrying Abu Akleh’s coffin and marching to the church for the deliberate funeral service

What are we to make of the brazenness and cruelty of this assault on human dignity?  

The killing of Shireen Abu Akleh is a grave breach of worldwide humanitarian regulation and an assault on journalism and freedom of expression. UN and worldwide human rights specialists have stated that it might represent a struggle crime and ought to be topic to an impartial, clear worldwide investigation. But, it’s removed from being an remoted occasion. 

Israeli forces have killed 45 journalists since 2000, injuring many extra, merely for doing their job. These crimes are a part of a sample of violence, harassment, and intimidation in opposition to Palestinian journalists who’re shining a lightweight on what Amnesty WorldwideHuman Rights Watch, and Israel’s main human rights group, B’Tselem, have described as a system of apartheid imposed on the Palestinian individuals.  

For a few years Palestinian human rights and civil society teams have been calling on the worldwide neighborhood to take proportional, focused measures to carry Israel to account for its crimes, and to finish its impunity. We totally help this name. 

When Israel’s insurance policies blatantly violate worldwide legal guidelines and norms, it’s as a result of Western powers have constantly offered diplomatic cowl for it to take action. It has not gone unnoticed that whereas our governments have rushed to impose blanket boycotts and sanctions in response to Russia’s unlawful invasion of the Ukraine and the cruelty of its assaults on a civilian inhabitants, the identical governments proceed to fund and defend Israel’s decades-long occupation and grave human rights violations in opposition to Palestinians. 

In the meantime, our governments are taking anti-democratic measures to repress their very own residents’ nonviolent campaigns of stress geared toward holding Israel, and the businesses and establishments which can be complicit in its system of oppression, to account.

We name on our governments to finish their hypocrisy and to behave with consistency within the software of worldwide regulation and human rights. We name on them to take significant measures to make sure accountability for the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and all different Palestinian civilians. There have to be no double requirements on the subject of the essential human proper to freedom from persecution and oppression and the proper to life and to dignity. 


Khalid Abdalla, actor

Hany Abu Assad, movie director

Tunde Adebimpe, musician

Ahsan Akbar, poet

Yasmine Al Massri, actor

Omar Al Qattan, movie director

Monica Ali, creator

Candace Allen author

Pedro  Almodovar, movie director

Anthony Anaxagorou, poet

Ramin Bahrani, movie director

Adam Bakri, actor

Saleh Bakri, actor

Clio Barnard, movie director

Joslyn Barnes, producer

David Barsamian, creator

Roy Battersby, TV director

Sarah Beddington, filmmaker, artist

Ronan Bennett, creator, screenwriter

Frances Black, singer

Nicholas Blincoe, creator

Iciar Bollain, movie director

Juan Diego Botto, actor

Haim Bresheeth, filmmaker, scholar

Victoria Brittain, author

Adam Broomberg, artist

David Calder, actor

Carmen Callil, writer, editor

Eric Cantona, actor

Iggor Cavalera, musician 

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, choreographer

Julie Christie, actor

Isabel Coixet, movie director

Steve Coogan, actor, comic

Mark Cousins, author, director

Liam Cunningham, actor

Selma Dabbagh, author

Cherien Dabis, movie director

William Dalrymple, creator

Angela Davis, creator

Andy de la Tour, actor

Jeremy Deller, artist

Stephen Dillane, actor

Sara Driver, movie director

Ben Ehrenreich, creator

Brian Eno, musician

Jodie Evans, producer

Shepard Fairey, artist

Bella Freud, designer

Peter Gabriel, musician

Trevor Griffiths, playwright, screenwriter

Kathryn Hahn, actor

Charles Hayward, musican

M Imhotep, musician

Nicolás Jaar, musician 

Gemma Jackson, manufacturing designer

Jim Jarmusch, movie director

Asif Kapadia, movie director

Aki Kaurismaki, movie director

John Keane, artist

Brigid Keenan,  creator

Patrick Keiller, filmmaker

Peter Kennard, artist

AL Kennedy, creator

Jennine Khalik,  journalist

Naomi Klein, creator, activist

Peter Kosminsky, screenwriter, director

Jan Kounen, movie director

Nancy Kricorian, creator

Hari Kunzru, creator

Seun Kuti, musician

Lankum, band

Paul Laverty, screenwriter

Mike Leigh, movie director

Laima Leyton musician, artist

Jim Loach, movie director

Ken Loach, movie director

Dónal Lunny, musician

Mahmood Mamdani, creator

Miriam Margolyes, actor

Kika Markham, actor

Yann Martel, creator

Emer Martin, creator

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Mai Masri, movie director

Large Assault, band

Rakan Mayası, movie director

Kleber Mendonça Filho, movie director

Christy Moore, musician

Thurston Moore, musician

Tom Morello, musician

Carol Morley, movie director

Laura Mulvey, movie scholar

Karthika Nair, poet

Mira Nair, movie director

Courttia Newland, creator, screenwriter

Pratibha Parmar, movie director

Maxine Peake, actor

Aubrey Powell, designer

Philip Pullman, creator

Stephen Rea,  actor

Boots Riley, screenwriter, director

Bruce Robbins, creator, literary scholar

Olga Rodriguez, creator

Jacqueline Rose, creator, scholar

Arundhati Roy, creator

Mark Ruffalo, actor

Alberto San Juan, actor

Susan Sarandon, actor

Alexei Sayle, comic, creator

James Schamus, screenwriter, producer

Nick Seymour, musician

Kamila Shamsie,creator

Tai Shani, artist

Alia Shawkat, actor

Marea Stamper, DJ

Juliet Stevenson, actor

Tilda Swinton, actor

Colm Tóibín, creator

Ricky Tomlinson, actor


V (previously Eve Ensler), creator, playwright 

Yanis Varoufakis, creator

Mirza Waheed, creator

Harriet Walter, actor

Roger Waters, musician

Irvine Welsh,  creator

Monique Wilson, actor, activist

Jane Wilson, artist

Louise Wilson, artist

Michael Winterbottom, movie director

Penny Woolcock, screenwriter, director

Susan Wooldridge, actor

Robert Wyatt, musician

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