Violence at funeral of journalist in Jerusalem – Israel announces investigation
The funeral of Al Jazeera journalist Shirin Abu Akleh in Jerusalem was marred by violence. The procession burst and the coffin almost fell to the ground. After criticism from the United Nations, the United States and Germany, the Israeli government has now reacted.
DThe criticism came from an important source: the UN expressed dismay at the alleged violence by Israeli security forces towards those attending the funeral of a journalist who was killed. “We just saw the video and it is very shocking to us,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq said in New York on Friday. Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) made a similar statement on Saturday. It was “sad” that the funeral “could not take place in peace and dignity”, she said after the meeting of G7 foreign ministers. “Honestly, personally, I’m deeply shocked by this.”
I am Internet circulating and footage broadcast by television stations appeared to show Israeli security forces beating people carrying the coffin. Footage from Palestine TV shows the coffin nearly falling as police dispersed people and seized Palestinian flags for confiscation. Israel bans the public display of Palestinian flags.
The Israeli police, meanwhile, spoke in their account of hundreds of violent protesters who, among other things, caused unrest with stone-throwing and provocations. Ematching pictures security authorities should prove this interpretation, as well as videosposted by other watchers on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Israeli authorities reacted to global criticism and announced an investigation. Police will learn from the incident, she said in a statement on Saturday. However, hundreds of violent attendees attempted to sabotage the ceremony and injure police officers.
The United States had previously criticized the violent scenes. President Joe Biden’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki spoke of the “deeply disturbing” images on Friday. “We regret the disruption of what should have been a peaceful procession.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was “deeply disturbed” by the images of Jerusalem. “Every family has the right to have their loved ones rest in dignity and freedom.” The EU was also “horrified” on Twitter at the “unnecessary violence” of the police.
Who shot the 51-year-old man?
Al-Jazeera TV’s Shirin Abu Akleh, who was shot dead in the West Bank on Wednesday, was buried Friday in a Christian-Orthodox cemetery near Jerusalem’s Old City. Al-Jazeera accused Israeli security forces of deliberately killing the 51-year-old. The question of guilt in death has not yet been officially clarified.
Israel and the Palestinians blamed each other for the death of the journalist, who also held US citizenship. Abu Akleh, a Palestinian Christian, was held in high esteem by the population.
According to an interim report on the investigation made public by the Israeli army, “it is not possible to determine the origin of the shooting”. Abu Akleh died either from Palestinian scattered fire or from an Israeli sniper targeting Palestinian militants. Israel demands a joint investigation and the release of the deadly bullet for forensic examination. The Palestinian Authority, however, opposes it.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council has called for the case to be reconsidered. “Members of the Security Council called for an immediate, thorough, transparent, fair and impartial investigation into their assassination and stressed the need for accountability,” the UN’s most powerful body said in a statement on Saturday. communicated. In addition, the 15-member council condemned the death of US-Palestinian Shirin Abu Akle “in the strongest possible terms” and expressed their condolences to her relatives.
Bloody clashes erupted again in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, killing an Israeli policeman and injuring 13 Palestinians.
When the flags were waved again, the police did not intervene
According to the Red Crescent Relief Service in Jerusalem, 33 people were injured at Shirin Abu Akleh’s funeral. Six of them had to be hospitalized.
Abu Akleh’s body was taken to Mount Zion Cemetery after a short funeral service at a church. Thousands of Palestinians tried to follow the coffin to the cemetery outside the city walls.
Police did not intervene when Palestinian flags were again waved during the funeral procession, AFP journalists reported. A tense calm reigned in the Old City of Jerusalem after the burial.