Shireen Abu Akleh


May 17, 2022

Shireen Abu Akleh (January 3, 1971 – May 11, 2022) was a Palestinian-American journalist. Abu Akleh spent more than 25 years as a reporter for the Arabic-language channel Al Jazeera and was known for decades for her reporting on the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel.

Early years

Shireen Abu Akleh was born in Jerusalem in 1971 to Palestinian Christian parents from Bethlehem. She studied architecture at the University of Jordan for Science and Technology, but did not finish it. She then studied Journalism at Jarmuk University in Jordan. She later moved to the United States, where she acquired American citizenship. She worked for the Arabic-language channel Al Jazeera from 1997 until her death in 2022.


Abu Akleh was gunned down on May 11, 2022, in the city of Jenin, aged 51, while reporting on an Israeli Defense Forces attack on a refugee camp in the West Bank. At the time of her death, Shireen Abu Akleh was wearing a clearly recognizable press vest, which identified her as a journalist. Israeli and Palestinian authorities disagree on an independent investigation into her death.

See also

Rachel Corrie, American activist who was run over by an Israeli bulldozer