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The Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

How the alleged targeting of a Palestinian American journalist lays bare the escalating tensions between Israeli forces and Palestinians.


Episode Notes

Last month, Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed while reporting on an Israeli military raid of a Palestinian refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. Multiple media investigations say the evidence suggests Abu Akleh was killed by targeted Israeli fire, not stray bullets from a chaotic skirmish. Meanwhile, the U.S. has called for an impartial investigation into Abu Akleh’s death, but has stopped short of leading such a probe.

Guest: Dalia Hatuqa, a journalist specializing in Israeli-Palestinian affairs and regional Middle East issues.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Elena Schwartz, Carmel Delshad, with help from Anna Rubanova and Sam Kim.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.