A Twitter account from Palestinian Authority Civil Affairs chief Hussein al-Sheikh underlines the refusal to cooperate with any independent investigation into the death of journalist Shireen. The PA has vehemently stated its opposition to hading over the bullet that killed her.
The 5.56×45mm NATO round — is used by both IDF troops and Palestinian terrorists, who mainly capture their weapons from IDF bases. PA Civil Affairs chief told Twitter that “Israel requested a joint investigation and the handing over of the bullet that assassinated the journalist Shireen, and we refused that, and we affirmed that our investigation would be completed independently, and we will inform her family, America, Qatar and all official authorities of the results of the investigation,”
The PA political line is consistent with Al Jazeera news network that claims she was intentionally “assassinated by Israeli special units.”
World Israel News states that videos from the scene depict Palestinians firing indiscriminately, including blindly around corners within the neighborhood where the IDF was carrying out arrest raids. In one video, a young man holding an M-16 machine gun is heard boasting that he shot an IDF soldier who was lying on the ground. Because Abu Akleh was wearing a helmet and no soldiers were injured during the Jenin operation, Israeli commentators have suggested that the man in the video likely shot her, believing he was firing at Israeli troops.
In a related event, Israeli journalists are now receiving death threats from many Arab sources. The lack of gaining any genuine independent investigation into her killing leaves the field open for it to become a major source of Arab retaliation that can only be justified by unconfirmed reports.