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Shireen: Voice of the voiceless victims silenced

I’m not prepared to talk about Shireen in the previous tense. Not right this moment. Perhaps not ever.

Shireen has coated the cruelty of the Israeli occupation for many years, solely to be the sufferer of its utter bloody insanity; insanity she spent a lifetime exposing.

Ms Abu Akleh is a family identify in the Arab world. Faraway however omnipresent in numerous houses from Rabat to Riyadh.

A seasoned journalist, she has been that courageous voice from Palestine echoing by means of the world. Where seasonal reporters come and go, she has been there day in day trip, yr after yr, head to head with the occupiers of her homeland, giving a voice to voiceless Palestinians.

Shireen has had that regular voice – a soothing, credible voice. Always calm, cool and picked up even when confronted with the most horrific circumstances and bloodiest scenes.

Which is extra typically than is possible, alas.

There is one thing modest however magical about the manner she has strolled down the streets of Palestine and gone by means of the alleys of its refugee camps, speaking to the world with such eloquence; such readability and confidence.

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Always factual and goal. And sure, all the time measured. Never dropping her nerves.


A conflict journalist, she nonetheless has a charitable aura about her. Incredibly humane in the midst of an inhumane setting. She is a passionate reporter, the place her ardour displays an enviable mélange of love and ache for her struggling homeland.

It is befitting that Shireen was born in the coronary heart of Palestine, in Jerusalem, simply after the 1967 Israel conflict and occupation. Hailing from a Bethlehem Christian household, she studied journalism, however first labored at UNRWA and later at MIFTAH, selling dialogue and democracy, earlier than turning to full-time journalism.

In 1997, Shireen grew to become a devoted reporter, a Jazeerian, who for 1 / 4 of a century shined a lightweight on a darkish period, all the time beneficiant together with her time, by no means holding again.

A fixture of the Arab media scene, amongst the giants of the career, she gave Al Jazeera its distinct color, and helped it ship protection from the very coronary heart of the Arab world.

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She has been a conflict reporter, sure, however for many years, Shireen has additionally been an investigative journalist – masking crime scenes, accumulating proof, gathering clues, and exposing criminals.

It is surreal to observe outdated newsreels displaying a younger Shireen talking with calm confidence and reflecting on how she has come of age beneath occupation, or ought to I say, on prime of an occupation – an inhumane occupation that has already lasted greater than half a century and that has no finish in sight.

Let us not litter Shireen’s reminiscence with cliches and conspiracies about her demise.

Shireen doesn’t do cliches.

She is the sufferer of Israeli occupation, regardless of who or which soldier pulled the set off. As if killing her in the morning was not sufficient, Israeli safety needed to raid her home in the afternoon. Why? Because that’s who they’re. As for the relaxation of us, her followers, family and friends, allow us to honour her the manner she has lengthy honoured us, solemnly and with love.

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Shireen, in Arabic, means “fresh beauty”. So, she has been.

Today, we mourn Shireen, tomorrow we scorn her killers.

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