Shireen Abu Akleh's last report to commemorate Nakba aired by Al Jazeera days after murder
Shireen Abu Akleh's last report for Al Jazeera, prepared for the 74th commemoration of the Nakba, was shared on Sunday by the Qatar-based network, days after her execution by Israeli troops while reporting from the Palestinian city of Jenin.
"Our late colleague Shireen Abu Akleh prepared this report to commemorate the Nakba two days before her assassination by Israeli occupying forces," Al Jazeera wrote on Twitter in Arabic. "She did not know it would be her last."
الزميلة الراحلة #شيرين_أبو_عاقلة أعدت هذا التقرير لذكرى النكبة قبل اغتيالها على يد قوات الاحتلال الإسرائيلي بيومين، ولم تكن تعلم أنه سيكون الأخير لها | شيرين أبو عاقلة | الجزيرة | الأغوار #الأخبار pic.twitter.com/wHBcEnbLTU— قناة الجزيرة (@AJArabic) May 15, 2022
Abu Akleh, a dual US-Palestinian citizen, was a trailblazing female correspondent in the Middle East. She reported from the occupied Palestinian territories for Al Jazeera for over 25 years, covering both Intifadas. Abu Akleh was shot dead by Israeli troops on May 11 while covering an Israeli raid on Jenin.
Her last report, which was filmed two days before her execution, was scheduled to air for the 74th commemorations of the Nakba on May 15.
The term Nakba, meaning "catastrophe" in Arabic, refers to the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by Zionist militias that accompanied the birth of Israel in 1948.
On 15 May each year, Nakba Day commemorates the 750,000 Palestinians expelled with the Israeli state's 1948 creation and those facing forced displacement today.
Abu Akleh's 3-minute report features interviews with a survivor of the Nakba and scenes filmed in the ruins of his Palestinian village, on whose ruins a forest now grows.
The video concludes with a reminder that Israeli attempts to dispossess Palestinians and displace them forcibly are ongoing. In Masafer Yatta, an area near the West Bank's Hebron city, more than 1,000 Palestinians now face expulsion following an Israeli Supreme Court decision earlier this month.