Outrage after Israeli police charge at Al Jazeera journalist’s funeral


Shirin Abu Akleh’s funeral took place this Friday in Jerusalem

Israeli police accuse Palestinians carrying Shirin Abu Aqleh’s coffinMaya LevinAP
  • Jerusalem Thousands of Palestinians bid farewell to Al Jazeera journalist at tense funeral in Jerusalem

The international community has condemned the intervention of Israeli police on Friday during the funeral of a Palestinian-American journalist Shirin Abu AklehoWhose fratro almost fell to the ground Following the charge by the security forces against the assistants carrying them on their shoulders.

Thousands of Palestinians attended his funeral al jazeera journalistHe was shot in the head on Wednesday while covering an Israeli military operation Western coastA Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967. The reporter was wearing a bulletproof vest “Press” and a helmet.

Events began when police tried to disperse a crowd after the coffin with the reporter’s remains left at San Jose Hospital in East Jerusalem, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel.

According to images broadcast by local television, the journalist’s coffin was about to collapse but survived in extremity.

“The images of Israeli police intervention in the funeral procession deeply disturbed us,” reacted US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The European Union Condemned the “disproportionate use of force and abusive behavior of the Israeli police towards funeral procession participants”.

French representation in Jerusalem Said that the “police violence” was “deeply shocking” and UN Secretary GeneralAntonio Guterres, has become “deeply disturbed”.

“The occupying forces not only killed Shirin, but also terrorized those accompanying him to his final resting place,” Qatar said.

“If it doesn’t stop then nationalist mantra, We will have to use force to disperse them and we will prevent the funeral from taking place,” an Israeli policeman said via a megaphone to a crowd gathered inside a San Jose hospital, according to a video released by the armed body.

“The rioters prevented the relatives from loading the coffin into the coffin, as agreed with the family. The mob refused to put the coffin back in the chariot and the police tried to stop the coffin from being taken away. intervened.” According to a police statement, glass bottles and other things were thrown during the unrest caused by the mob.

According to the Palestinian Crescent, 33 people injured during the funeral and the Israeli police reported that he had Arrested six people.

After police intervention, the mob chased the coffin to a church in the old town, where it was consecrated, before being transferred to the cemetery.

In an unusually unanimous stance, united nations security council The journalist “strongly condemned the murder” and called for an “immediate, thorough, transparent and impartial investigation” to “guarantee accountability”.

origin of the shot

The Palestinian Authority, Al Jazeera and the government of Qatar have accused the Israeli military of killing the 51-year-old journalist.

First, Israel claimed that the reporter was “probably” shot by Palestinian fighters. but later he said noOr he could dismiss the responsibility of Israeli troops.

According to a statement Friday from the Palestinian prosecutor’s office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, “preliminary results of the investigation have shown that the sole source of the shootings against Shirin were Israeli occupation forces.”

The Israeli military had assured that it was not immediately possible to determine the origin of the shot, which may have come from a Palestinian or Israeli side.

Israeli officials request that he be shot for a ballistic test and propose that both Palestinian and American experts be present.

But the Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas, rejected the idea of ​​a joint investigation with Israel, saying it wanted to hand the case over to the Palestinian Authority. International Criminal Court. “Israeli officials have committed this crime and we do not trust them,” he said.

On Saturday, Hussein al-Sheikh, a senior Palestinian Authority figure, said on Twitter that he “welcomes the participation of all international organizations in the investigation into the killing of Shirin Abu Akleh.” “What happened at the funeral strengthens our position. To reject Israel’s involvement in the investigation,” he said.

Funeral . happened in the context of Further battle near Yenno During the army operation. An Israeli policeman was killed and 13 Palestinians were injured by Palestinian fighters.

The Israeli military launched several operations in the Zain refugee camp, a stronghold of Palestinian armed groups from which the authors of recent attacks in Israel came.

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