'Disgraceful': Outcry after Israeli police beat mourners at journalist's funeral

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THE US AND EU is starring an planetary outcry contiguous aft Israeli constabulary charged the ceremonial procession successful Jerusalem of Palestinian writer Shireen Abu Akleh and bushed pallbearers who astir dropped her coffin.

Thousands of radical packed Jerusalem’s Old City yesterday for the burial of the seasoned Al Jazeera journalist, 2 days aft she was killed successful an Israeli service raid successful the occupied West Bank.

Television footage showed the pallbearers struggling to halt Abu Akleh’s casket from falling to the ground arsenic baton-wielding constabulary officers charged towards them, grabbing Palestinian flags from mourners.

The United States said it was “deeply troubled” by the scenes, portion the European Union said it was “appalled” by the “unnecessary force”.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney described the incidental arsenic “disgraceful”. “No aforesaid respecting ideology could basal implicit this attraction of people. Unacceptable and should beryllium roundly condemned by planetary community,” helium tweeted.

These are disgraceful scenes of constabulary brutality astatine a hugely delicate funeral. No aforesaid respecting ideology could basal implicit this attraction of people.
Unacceptable and should beryllium roundly condemned by planetary community. @dfatirl @irishmissionun https://t.co/IZxJB25fZs

— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) May 13, 2022

The Jerusalem Red Crescent said 33 radical were injured during the incident, of whom six were hospitalised. Israeli authorities said six arrests were made aft mourners had thrown “rocks and solid bottles”.

Israel and the Palestinians traded blasted for the decease of Abu Akleh connected Wednesday who was changeable successful the caput during the Israeli service raid connected the Jenin exile camp.

The Israeli service said an interim probe could not find who fired the fatal bullet, noting stray Palestinian gunfire oregon Israeli sniper occurrence aimed astatine militants were some imaginable causes.

But the Palestinian prosecutor’s bureau successful the West Bank metropolis of Ramallah said aboriginal the archetypal results of an probe showed “the lone root of the shooting was the Israeli concern forces”.

"The Israeli service is asking radical if they are Christian oregon Muslim. If you’re Muslim you weren’t allowed in." - @ajimran

Israeli concern forces are attacking Palestinians during the ceremonial of killed Al Jazeera writer Shireen Abu Akleh. pic.twitter.com/Xq3VkeOCqn

— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) May 13, 2022

Al Jazeera has said Israel killed her “deliberately” and “in acold blood”.

In a rare, unanimous statement, the UN Security Council condemned the sidesplitting and called for “an immediate, thorough, transparent, and impartial investigation”, according to diplomats.

‘Deeply disturbed’

Abu Akleh, a Christian and a Palestinian-American, was a prima newsman and her ceremonial drew monolithic crowds.

As her assemblage near St Joseph’s infirmary successful Israeli-annexed eastbound Jerusalem, Israeli constabulary stormed mourners who had hoisted Palestinian flags.

Police said astir “300 rioters” had arrived astatine the infirmary for the procession and “prevented the household members from loading the coffin onto the hearse to question to the cemetery — arsenic had been planned and coordinated with the household successful advance”.

The constabulary past intervened “to disperse the mob and forestall them from taking the coffin, truthful that the ceremonial could proceed arsenic planned”. Glass bottles and different objects were thrown astatine the police, it added successful a statement.

The United States was “deeply troubled to spot the images of Israeli constabulary intruding into her ceremonial procession today”, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

“Every household deserves to beryllium capable to laic their loved ones to remainder successful a dignified and unimpeded manner.”

The EU said it was “appalled by the unit successful the St Joseph Hospital compound and the level of unnecessary unit exercised by Israeli constabulary passim the ceremonial procession”.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was besides “deeply disturbed” by the violence, according to a spokesman.

Thousands of Palestinian mourners attempted to travel the coffin towards the cemetery conscionable extracurricular the walled Old City.

Police concisely attempted to forestall them but yet relented, allowing thousands to watercourse towards the graveside, and did not intervene arsenic Palestinian flags were waved, AFP reporters said.

‘Sister of each Palestinians’

In a motion of Abu Akleh’s prominence, she was fixed what was described arsenic a afloat authorities memorial work connected Thursday astatine Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s compound successful Ramallah earlier her assemblage was transferred to Jerusalem.

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The United States, European Union and United Nations person backed calls for a afloat probe into Abu Akleh’s killing.

Israel has publically called for a associated probe, which the Palestinian Authority has rejected.

Grief implicit Abu Akleh’s sidesplitting spilt beyond the Palestinian territories, with protests erupting successful Turkey, Sudan and elsewhere.

She “was the sister of each Palestinians,” her member Antoun Abu Akleh told AFP.

Fresh unit

Fresh unit erupted yesterday successful the West Bank, including a raid and clashes astir Jenin exile campy successful which an Israeli commando was killed.

The Islamic Jihad radical said its fighters were responsible.

The Israeli serviceman killed was identified arsenic Noam Raz, a 47-year-old begetter of six. Police said helium was wounded “during a shootout with equipped terrorists”, and aboriginal died.

The Palestinian wellness ministry said 13 Palestinians were wounded successful the clashes, 1 of them seriously.

An AFP lensman said Israeli forces had surrounded the location of a suspect, besieging 2 men wrong and firing anti-tank grenades astatine the location successful an effort to flush them out.

Tensions were already moving precocious aft a question of anti-Israeli attacks that person killed astatine slightest 18 radical since 22 March, including an Arab-Israeli constabulary serviceman and 2 Ukrainians.

A full of 31 Palestinians and 3 Israeli Arabs person died during the aforesaid period, according to an AFP tally, among them perpetrators of attacks and those killed by Israeli information forces successful West Bank operations.

© AFP 2022 

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