Israel Police Attack Mourners Carrying Casket of Palestinian-American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

by | May 13, 2022

Israel Police Attack Mourners Carrying Casket of Palestinian-American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

by | May 13, 2022

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Two days after Israeli forces shot and killed Al-Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, they beat mourners carrying the slain journalist’s coffin. 

The Israeli police, in full riot gear, confronted the funeral procession carrying Abu Akleh’s body outside the St Louis French Hospital in occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Several videos show the Israeli police hitting the people carrying the casket with clubs, nearly causing the body to be dropped. 

Israel police claim that Palestinians began rioting before the funeral and that officers began dispersing the violent people to allow the funeral to move forward.

Al-Jazeera journalist Imran Khan, who witnessed the attack, said, “the Israeli forces targeted mourners because they did not want them to walk with Abu Akleh’s coffin.” He added that Israeli police discriminated against Muslims seeking to attend her funeral. “The Israeli army is asking people if they are Christian or Muslim. If you’re Muslim you weren’t allowed in,” Khan reported.

Senator Bernie Senator condemned the Israeli attack in a tweet. “The attack by Israeli forces against mourners at the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is an outrage. The United States must condemn this, and demand an independent investigation into her killing,” the Senator said.

After the assault outside of the hospital, Israeli police continued to harass Palestinians greaving for Abu Akleh. At a church where the journalist’s parents were receiving condolences, police removed Palestinian flags. 

Israeli police began harassing those mourning Abu Akleh shortly after they killed her by showing up at her house, where people had gathered to celebrate her life. Video shows Israeli police confronting people inside her home. Mairav Zonszein reports the police demanded a Palestinian flag be removed. 

Abu Akleh was a veteran journalist who covered the Israeli occupation of Palestine for 25 years. On Wednesday, she was shot in the face by a soldier during a raid on the Jenin refugee camp. She was a household name in Palestine and considered a trailblazer and role model by her peers. 

Israel Murders Palestinian-American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

 

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