CAIR, CAIR-GA Welcomes Letter from Sens. Ossoff and Romney Calling for ‘Full and Transparent’ Investigation into Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

CAIR, CAIR-GA Welcomes Letter from Sens. Ossoff and Romney Calling for ‘Full and Transparent’ Investigation into Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

Muslim civil rights group says U.S. Must Conduct Investigation

(WASHINGTON D.C., 6/7/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its Georgia chapter (CAIR-GA) today welcomed a letter from Senators Jon Ossoff (D-Georgia) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) calling for a full investigation into the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

Abu Akleh, an American citizen and a reporter for Al Jazeera, was shot and killed by an Israeli sniper while covering an Israeli attack on the occupied West Bank town of Jenin last month. In their letter, Senators Ossoff and Romney “insist that the Administration ensure a full and transparent investigation is completed and that justice is served for Ms. Akleh’s death.”

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In a statement, CAIR Deputy Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:

“We welcome Senators Ossoff and Romney’s letter, and thank them for standing up for justice for Shireen Abu Akleh. Under no circumstances can our government tolerate the murder of a American journalist by a foreign government. Because the Israeli government has clearly demonstrated that they do not intend to conduct a legitimate investigation, the only way to ensure justice is for the United States to launch an independent investigation.”

CAIR-GA Legal and Policy Director Javeria Jamil said:

“We welcome Senator Ossof’s demands for accountability for the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh and hope to see results from the State Department within the next 30 days. Shireen’s murder, like that of Palestinian journalists before ​and even after her, is a clear war crime and the United States and the international community have an obligation to hold the government of Israel accountable for such heinous acts.”

Last month, CAIR welcomed a congressional letter signed by 57 members of the U.S. House Representatives calling onthe State Department and the FBI to investigate the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Congressional Demand for FBI Probe of Israel’s Assassination of Palestinian-American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Also last month, CAIR called on President Biden to condemn attacks by Israeli forces on mourners and pallbearers at Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral.

SEE: CAIR Calls on President Biden to Condemn Israeli Attack on Mourners at Shireen Abu Akleh’s Funeral, Launch FBI Investigation into Murder

CAIR called on President Biden to condemn the murder Shireen Abu Akleh after it happened and direct the FBI to launch an investigation.

SEE: CAIR Calls on Biden Administration to Condemn Israeli Assassination of Palestinian-American Journalist, Direct FBI to Launch Probe

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, [email protected]; Javeria Jamil, Legal and Policy Director CAIR-Georgia, [email protected]; Murtaza Khwaja, Executive Director CAIR-Georgia, 404 432 8847, [email protected]; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, [email protected]; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, [email protected]; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, [email protected]