Israel says it will test bullet that killed journalist
HISTORY: Israel said on Sunday July 3 that it would forensically test a bullet that killed Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Palestinians accuse the Israeli army of deliberately shooting dead the famous Al Jazeera journalist during a raid in the West Bank city of Jenin in May. Israel denies this, saying Abu Akleh was either hit by stray army fire or shot dead by Palestinian gunmen in a clash with Israeli forces. Both sides hope a ballistics test on the deadly bullet will provide answers to the question of who killed Abu Akleh, but deep mistrust between them has hampered the investigation. Radio Sunday, an Israeli military spokesman said “the test will not be American. The test will be an Israeli test, with an American presence.” He added: “If we kill her, we will take responsibility there and regret what happened. We also feel regret when civilians are killed by Palestinian gunmen.” Nachman Shai, Israeli Minister of Security Affairs diaspora, told reporters on Sunday, “We shouldn’t be afraid of an investigation. From the first moment we wanted an investigation, we invited the Americans and told them to be part of it. I think that’s the good direction.” He added: “We don’t shoot journalists.” said: “We don’t have anything new at the moment.” US President Joe Biden will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders during a visit to the region later this month.