London honours Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, shot dead by Israel, with monument

London honours Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, shot dead by Israel, with monument
The billboard joins calls for justice for the veteran reporter killed by Israeli forces, as international investigations continue to yield few results.
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11 July, 2022
London has joined cities worldwide in erecting a new memorial to the slain Palestinian reporter [Getty]

A huge monument has been set up in memory of slain Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in London. 

"She was the voice of Palestine who refused to be silenced" reads the billboard placed in West London's Shepherd's Bush, displaying a picture of Abu Akleh with Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa compound in the background. 

"In her honour, we demand justice for Shireen and all journalists who have lost their lives around the world," it concludes. 

It is not clear who undertook the memorial, which bears no logo or attribution. 

"London says YES to justice for Shireen Abu Akleh," tweeted an anonymous Palestine activist, joining outpourings of support for the monument on social media. 

The commemoration follows a memorial service at St. Bride's Church in London, where colleagues and friends of Abu Akleh joined in mourning. 

Since the veteran Al Jazeera journalist was shot dead by an Israeli sniper in May, London has witnessed protests outside the Israeli embassy and in Westminster, calling for justice and accountability for Shireen.

The veteran Al Jazeera correspondent, who held Palestinian and American citizenship, was wearing a vest and helmet marked "Press" when she was killed on May 11.

She was covering an Israeli army operation in Jenin camp in the northern West Bank.

Recent international investigations have yielded little results and were met with widespread criticism for failing to hold Israeli occupying forces accountable for her death. 

The US State Department released a report last Monday saying Abu Akleh was likely killed by gunfire from Israeli positions but that there was no reason to believe her death was intentional. This has been disputed by witnesses and Palestinians.