Rest in Power Shireen Abu Akleh

Repost from @shirien.creates

Shireen Abu Akleh was shot on Wed May 11 by Israeli forces while reporting on their raid on the occupied Palestinian city of Jenin.

Shireen was wearing a press vest, which is a recognized symbol and way to identify her as press and provide a level of protection. She was also wearing a helmet. Shireen’s colleagues and eyewitnesses described that she was directly targeted by an Israeli sniper and shot with precision.

Shireen was a well-known Al Jazeera journalist that so many of us grew up watching as she covered the news on the ground in Palestine for decades. She was a household name for Palestinians across the diaspora, glued to their TVs to know what is happening in the homeland in times of crisis.

The fact that Israeli forces can kill such a famous reporter with impunity speaks volumes about the state of what’s happening in Palestine. Not even those trying to shed light on the situation are safe.

I couldn’t sleep last night when I heard the news of Shireen’s murder, so I drew this portrait in her honor. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, loved ones, and colleagues. Her voice will not be forgotten.

Allah yir7amha. Justice for Shireen. Free Palestine.

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