Shireen Abu Aqleh was a Palestinian-American journalist who worked as a reporter for the Arabic-language channel Al Jazeera for more than twenty-five years. She died on 11 May 2022 after being shot by the Israel Defense Forces.
Shireen Abu Aqleh was born on Sunday, 3 January 1971 (age 51 years; at the time of death) in East Jerusalem. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn. She attended the Rosary Sisters’ High School, Jerusalem. She took admission to Jordan University of Science and Technology to study architecture, but later, she transferred to Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan for a bachelor’s degree in print journalism.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Hair Colour: Light Brown
Eye Colour: Black
There is not much information about her family.
She followed Christianity.
Shireen started her career as a journalist in 1997 when she joined Al Jazeera and worked as a reporter on the Arabic-language channel. In 1994, she was one of the founders of the Voice of Palestine (PBC) and worked there as a radio correspondent and presenter. In 2004, she joined the Birzeit University as a lecturer.
Shireen attracted controversy when a fellow journalist, Ali al-Samoudi, who was also shot during the coverage of the raids alleged that Shireen was shot by Israeli army. He said that there were no Palestinian armed fighters at the scene. In an interview, he talked about this and said,
The first bullet hit me and the second bullet hit Shireen. They killed her in cold blood because they are killers and they specialize in killing only the Palestinian people. There was no Palestinian military resistance at all at the scene.”
The Israeli army stated that they conducted an operation in Jenin refugee camp, but it did not target the journalists.
- In 2001, she was awarded at the Dubai Press Club and was named a Media Personality of the year.
- In 2004, she was presented a medal by the Libyan President for courage in her coverage of the Palestinian second Intifada.
On 11 May 2022, while Shireen was reporting on IDF raids in Jenin, she was shot and killed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Her death was reported by the Palestinian Health Ministry. The raids were being conducted to capture terror suspects. After being shot, Shireen was admitted to Ibn Sina Hospital, but she was pronounced dead. A news source reported that Palestinian militants had fired on IDF soldiers because of which the IDF soldiers fired back. Reportedly, she was shot in an unprotected area under her ear and she was a deliberate target. Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, expressed condolences on her death and said,
According to the information we’ve gathered, it appears likely that armed Palestinians — who were indiscriminately firing at the time — were responsible for the unfortunate death of the journalist.”
- When she was shot, she was wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest, with “press” written on it.
- She was an avid dog lover and often posted pictures of them on social media.
- In an interview, she talked about her dreams and said,
I would like to have time to read, play the piano and travel. It seems to me that I have had to postpone my private life.”