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Israeli police beat mourners at funeral of Palestinian-American journalist – NBC10 Philadelphia

Israeli riot police on Friday pushed and beat media at the funeral of slain Al Jazeera journalist Shirin Abu Akle, prompting them to drop a casket at the shocking start of the procession, which turned into perhaps the biggest manifestation of Palestinian nationalism. .

Scenes of violence are likely to add to the sadness and outrage across the Arab world following the death of Abu Aqla, who witnesses say was killed by Israeli troops on Wednesday during a raid in the occupied West Bank. They also illustrated the deep sensitivity in East Jerusalem claimed by both Israel and the Palestinians, and sparked repeated rounds of violence.

Israel claims that East Jerusalem is part of its capital and annexed the territory in a step that is not recognized internationally. Israel regularly ceases any support for Palestinian statehood.

Thousands of mourners, some raising Palestinian flags and chanting “Palestine, Palestine,” attended the funeral of Abu Aqla, who witnesses say was killed by Israeli forces earlier this week in light of a military raid in the occupied West Bank.

Late Friday, a Palestinian prosecutor said preliminary findings showed that Abu Aqla had been killed by deliberate fire by the Israeli military. The prosecutor said the investigation would continue. Earlier on Friday, the Israeli military said she was killed during an exchange of fire with Palestinian militants, and that they could identify the source of the shot that killed her.

“We are dying for Palestine to live,” the crowd chanted. “Our favorite home.” Later they sang the Palestinian anthem.

On the eve of the service, dozens of mourners tried to walk out of the hospital from the hospital to the Catholic Church in the nearby Old Town.

Police said the crowd near the hospital chanted “nationalist incitement”, ignored calls to stop and threw stones at police. “The police were forced to act,” police said.

The Israeli military, meanwhile, said an initial investigation into Abu Akle’s death found that there was heavy fire in the West Bank town of Jenin, about 200 meters from where she was killed, but they could not determine if she had been shot. Israeli forces. or Palestinian militants.

Israel announced that an Israeli policeman was killed in a new battle in Jenin on Friday.

In recent days, sadness has been pouring out of all the Palestinian territories and the entire Arab world. Abu Akleh was widely respected on-air correspondent which for a quarter of a century illuminated the harsh realities life under Israeli military rulewhich is already in the sixth decade, and the end is not in sight.

After the hot scene near the hospital, police allowed the family to take a box to a Catholic church in the Old Town, which was filled with mourning people before closing the hospital and applying tear against dozens of protesters.

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Violence erupts between Israeli security forces and Palestinian mourners removing the coffin of slain Al Jazeera journalist Shirin Abu Akleh from the hospital before she was transported to a church and then to her resting place in Jerusalem on May 13, 2022.

After the service, thousands marched to the cemetery, waving Palestinian flags and chanting “Palestine, Palestine.”

A few hours later she was buried in the cemetery outside the Old Town.

Qatari’s Al Jazeera has previously said its leader Ahmad Alifei will travel to Jerusalem to attend the funeral.

Israel has called for a joint investigation with the Palestinian Authority and to hand over the bullet for forensic examination to determine who fired the lethal cartridge. PA refusedsaying it would conduct its own investigation and send the results to the International Criminal Court, which is already investigating possible Israeli war crimes.

In a statement issued Friday, the military said Palestinian militants had inadvertently fired hundreds of shots at an Israeli military vehicle, some in the direction of Abu Akleh. It says Israeli forces opened fire in response, and that without ballistic analysis it is impossible to determine who was responsible for her death.

“The conclusion of the interim investigation is that it is impossible to determine the source of the fire that killed and killed the journalist,” the military said.

This was reported by reporters who were from Abu Aqla, including one who was shot and wounded there were no clashes or militants in the immediate vicinity when she was killed early Wednesday. They were all dressed in protective gear that clearly identified them as journalists.

Either party was likely to question any findings made by others, and there seemed to be no possibility of a third party conducting an independent investigation.

PA and Al Jazeera accused Israel of deliberately killing Abu Aqla within hours of her death. Israel says a full investigation is needed before any conclusions can be drawn.

Human rights organizations are talking about Israel rarely adheres to investigations in the killing of Palestinians by security forces and endures lenient punishments in rare cases when this occurs. However, this case is attracting close attention because Abu Akle was a famous person as well as a US citizen.

Abu Aqle, 51, joined the Arab-speaking Al Jazeera service in 1997 and became famous for covering a second Palestinian intifada or uprising against Israeli rule in the early 2000s.

She was shot in the head on Wednesday while covering an Israeli raid on detention in Jenin. Palestinians from Jenin and surroundings a series of deadly attacks have been carried out inside Israel in recent weeks, and Israel has launched about daily raids on detentions in the area, often causing shootings with militants.

Israeli troops stormed Jenin again early Friday. An Associated Press photographer heard heavy gunfire and explosions and said Israeli troops surrounded the house.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said 13 Palestinians were hospitalized after being wounded in battle, including one who was shot in the stomach. The Israeli military tweeted that Palestinians opened fire when their forces came in to arrest suspected militants. Police say a 47-year-old member of the Israeli special forces has been killed.

Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem – including the Old City and its holy sites, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims – in the 1967 war. The Palestinians want both territories to be part of their future state. Israel has annexed East Jerusalem, which is not recognized internationally and considers the entire city as its capital.

Police went to the Abu Aqla family home in Jerusalem the day she was killed, and appeared at other mourning events in the city to remove Palestinian flags.


Associated Press reporters Majdi Mohammed of Jenin in the West Bank, Joseph Federman in Jerusalem and Aya Batrawi in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to the report.

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