Israel Never Targets Journalists


Palestinians maintain footage of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh in Nablus, West Bank, May 11.




Less than two hours after the demise on May 11 of journalist

Shireen Abu Akleh,

I contacted

Hussein al-Sheikh,

the Palestinian minister answerable for cooperation with Israel. We all agree that one thing terrible occurred, I advised him. I proposed that we maintain a joint investigation into her demise.

The Palestinians refused. We might by no means know precisely what precipitated her demise, however the vital factor is that, like 511 different journalists who had been killed in recent times all over the world, she died whereas finishing up her duties. Being a journalist in wartime is a harmful enterprise. I do know—I used to be a journalist for 31 years and lined the First Lebanon War.

What occurred subsequent can’t be excused by the fog of battle. Palestinian propaganda used Abu Akleh, accusing Israel of intentionally concentrating on her. She would absolutely have recognized higher.

If the outrageous declare that Israel targets journalists had been true, why would she have labored within the area for greater than 20 years? How can it’s defined that also as we speak tons of of international journalists work in the identical place? Al Jazeera, a community run by an Islamist state that’s overtly hostile to Israel, has everlasting employees in Israel who’re protected by the state the community slanders frequently?

The Israeli-Palestinian battle receives disproportionate protection in contrast with another battle on earth. Explain that to your self nevertheless you would like, however all the things you recognize about this battle is the product of tons of of journalists who work within the discipline beneath the safety of a democratic state that believes with all its coronary heart in each freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

Missing from the media protection of Shireen Abu Akleh’s demise is the rationale for the outbreak of the preventing that led to it. Israel performed antiterror operations across the metropolis of Jenin as a result of terror cells that murdered harmless Israeli civilians got here from there. Six days earlier than Abu Akleh’s demise, three Israelis had been slaughtered with axes within the metropolis of Elad.

The present Israeli authorities, fashioned precisely a yr in the past, is essentially the most various in Israel’s historical past, and probably the most various in world historical past. It is made up of Jews and Arabs, liberals and conservatives. It was created out of a deep dedication to strengthening the foundations of Israel’s democracy—impartial courts, safety and help for minorities, equality earlier than the regulation and freedom of the press. Israel has survived wars and waves of terrorism with out ever shedding sight of its core values. In the fixed battle between our safety wants and our democratic ideas, we always remember that one is hole with out the opposite.

Mr. Lapid is Israel’s international minister.

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Appeared within the June 10, 2022, print version.