On September 13, Mahsa Amini was on a family trip to Tehran when the morality police detained her for wearing immodest apparel. According to witnesses, the police assaulted her in their vehicle. The 22-year-old was brought to a re-education center and died on September 16 at a hospital. The Iranian authorities said she suffered a heart attack and blamed it on pre-existing medical issues, which her family refuted. When Amini died, she was in a coma. In Iran, Amini’s killing has touched a sensitive chord. Many Iranians oppose the morality police and Iran’s severe dress restrictions. Her death in detention sparked nationwide demonstrations, hacking of government websites, and viral recordings of women chopping off their hair or burning their headscarves. In addition, some protesters have been slain.
This week, an independent inquiry ripped another piece of the Israeli narrative behind the death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Investigators said they discovered evidence suggesting an Israeli military sniper fired a total of 16 rounds in three bursts over the period of two minutes, casting doubt on Israel’s claim that the Palestinian American’s death was “accidental.”
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