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Global outcry after Israeli police charge during funeral of Shireen Abu Akleh

Several institutions and political representatives around the world have condemned the charge of the Israeli police, on May 13, which targeted the funeral procession of Shireen Abu Akleh, a star Palestinian journalist killed two days earlier by a bullet in the head while she was covering an Israeli operation in the Palestinian refugee camp of Jenin, in the northern West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied by Israel. The High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, for example condemned “the disproportionate use of force and the disrespectful behavior of the Israeli police against the participants in the funeral procession”.

Occupation forces didn’t just kill Shireen[…]but they terrorized those who accompanied her to her final resting place

“We were deeply disturbed to see the images of the Israeli police intrusion into the funeral procession [de Shireen Abu Akleh]“, for his part reacted the American Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a press release.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he was “deeply disturbed” by the behavior of “certain Israeli policemen”, deploring the clashes between the Israeli security forces and the Palestinians gathered at the hospital Saint -Joseph. The French representation in Jerusalem, for its part, described as “deeply shocking” the “police violence” at Saint-Joseph hospital. “The occupying forces did not just kill Shireen[…]but they terrorized those who accompanied her to her final resting place,” commented the diplomacy of Qatar.

At the exit of the coffin of this hospital in East Jerusalem, Palestinian sector of the city occupied and annexed by the Hebrew State, the Israeli police burst into the premises of the establishment and tried to disperse a crowd waving flags Palestinians.

The coffin almost fell from the hands of the carriers jostled by the police but was caught in extremis, according to images broadcast by local television which also show the police using truncheons. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, 33 people were injured during the funeral.

In the evening, the Israeli police released his version of the facts on social networks, explaining in particular having had to face “about 300 rioters[qui]prevented family members from loading the coffin onto the hearse to get to the cemetery, as had been planned and coordinated with the family in advance” and justified his intervention with the objective of “avoiding that the crowd seizes the coffin”, so that the funeral can take place as planned.

After the intervention of the police, the crowd accompanied the coffin to a church in the Old City where a mass was pronounced, before going to the cemetery.

The 51-year-old journalist’s funeral took place amid fresh clashes near Jenin. An Israeli policeman was killed during an Israeli army operation in Burqin “against terrorists”, according to an official statement. The Palestinian armed group Islamic Jihad said its fighters killed him. In the Jenin refugee camp, 13 Palestinians were injured, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The UN calls for “an immediate, thorough, transparent and impartial investigation”

The murder of the American-Palestinian journalist from the Qatari channel Al Jazeera, while she wore a bullet-proof vest marked “press” and a reporting helmet in the performance of her duties, aroused on the night of 13 to May 14 a unanimous statement by the UN Security Council, which “strongly condemned” him.

Initiated by the United States, this very rare unanimous position of the Security Council on a subject concerning Israel also calls for “an immediate, thorough, transparent and impartial investigation” into this murder. It underlines “the need to guarantee accountability” of its author or authors, according to the text obtained by AFP.

At first, Israel claimed that she “probably” succumbed to Palestinian fire. But the Jewish state then said it did not rule out that the bullet was fired by its soldiers. The Palestinian Authority, Al Jazeera and the government of Qatar have accused the Israeli army of killing her.

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