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Israeli police confront with mourners as they carry the casket of slain Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during her funeral in east Jerusalem, Friday, May 13, 2022. Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American reporter who covered the Mideast conflict for more than 25 years, was shot dead Wednesday during an Israeli military raid in the West Bank town of Jenin. (AP Photo/Maya Levin)
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Israel police to investigate conduct at journalist funeral

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By JOSEF FEDERMAN

Israeli police decided on Saturday to investigate the conduct of their officers who attacked the funeral of a slain Al Jazeera journalist, causing mourners to briefly drop the casket during the ceremony in Jerusalem.

Police forces beat pallbearers with batons at the start of the funeral procession on Friday of Shireen Abu Akleh, who witnesses say was killed by Israeli troops Wednesday during a raid in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli military says Palestinian gunmen were in the area and it’s not clear who fired the fatal bullet.

The shocking scenes at the funeral, and the death of the 51-year-old Palestinian-American journalist, drew worldwide condemnation and calls for investigations, including from the United States and the United Nations.

In a statement Saturday, the Israeli police said their commissioner has instructed an investigation that would be concluded in the coming days.

“The Israel Police supports its police officers, but as a professional organization that seeks to learn and improve, it will also draw lessons from the incident,” the statement said.

At the same time, top officials, including Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev, appeared to be closing ranks in support of the officers, reiterating earlier claims that the troops at the funeral acted in response to violence. Human rights groups have said police in Jerusalem frequently use excessive force against Palestinians, without being investigated or held accountable.

The attack on the funeral added to a sense of grief and outrage that has followed the death of Abu Akleh, a veteran journalist and a household name across the Arab world. They also illustrated the deep sensitivities over east Jerusalem — which is claimed by both Israel and the Palestinians and has sparked repeated rounds of violence.

Ahead of the burial, a large crowd gathered to escort her casket from an east Jerusalem hospital to a Catholic church in the nearby Old City. Many of the mourners held Palestinian flags, and the crowd began shouting: “We sacrifice our soul and blood for you, Shireen.”

Shortly after, Israel police moved in, pushing and clubbing mourners. As helmeted riot police approached, they hit pallbearers, causing one man to lose control of the casket as it dropped toward the ground. Police ripped Palestinian flags out of people’s hands and fired stun grenades to disperse the crowd.

On Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. administration was “troubled by the images of Israeli police intruding into the funeral procession” of Abu Akleh, who was also an American citizen. “Every family deserves to lay their loved ones to rest in a dignified and unimpeded manner,” he tweeted.

A unanimous condemnation came Friday from the U.N. Security Council, which called in a rare statement for “an immediate, thorough, transparent and impartial investigation into her killing.”

Late Friday, the Palestinian public prosecutor said preliminary findings show Abu Akleh was killed by deliberate fire from Israeli troops. The prosecutor said the investigation would continue. Israel’s military said earlier Friday that she was killed during an exchange of fire with Palestinian militants, and that it couldn’t determine the source of the shot that killed her.

Israel has called for a joint investigation with the Palestinian Authority, and urged it to hand over the bullet for forensic analysis to determine who fired the fatal round. The PA has refused, saying it will conduct its own investigation and send the results to the International Criminal Court, which is already investigating possible Israeli war crimes.

The PA and Al Jazeera, which has long had a strained relationship with Israel, have accused Israel of deliberately killing Abu Akleh. Israel denies the accusations.

Abu Akleh was a member of the small Palestinian Christian community in the Holy Land. Palestinian Christians and Muslims marched alongside one another Friday in a show of unity.

She was shot in the head Wednesday morning during an Israeli military raid in the West Bank town of Jenin.

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What else to expect from an apartheid state?

They even denied killing her at first, if it wasn't for the " image" they wouldn't give it a toss!

They just can't stop the killing , and the land grabbing!

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What do the police need to investigate? Probably about 7,000,000,000 people on earth know what happened, if the have a tv, internet, or can read a newspaper.

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Is nothing sacred?

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted? This investigation deserves better communications that tweeting.

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RodneyMay 15  08:52 am JST

What do the police need to investigate? Probably about 7,000,000,000 people on earth know what happened, if the have a tv, internet, or can read a newspaper.

She was an independent journalist and the Israeli army leaders knew damn well who she was and what she was doing. They'll probably make up some excuse to wash their hands of this, some alibi like 'She was interfering with our operations' or crap like that.

MickeliciousMay 15  02:25 pm JST

Is nothing sacred?

You have so many extremists of both sides there, lives don't mean anything. Remember last year when Nutty Yahoo started that idiotic 2 week missile war with Gaza? He was only concerned about his power, he didn't even care about his fellow Israelis.

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“The Israel Police supports its police officers, but as a professional organization that seeks to learn and improve, it will also draw lessons from the incident,” the statement said.

Israel Police were just doing their job. Palestinian Arabs inciting a riot-like atmosphere at a funeral is abominable behavior.

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Palestinian Arabs inciting a riot-like atmosphere at a funeral is abominable behavior.

Ah yes. Such abominable behavior as…lemme check my notes.

Possessing Palestinian flags.

Chanting slogans like big meanies.

Singing songs the cops weren’t a fan of.

Calling the cops assh*les for shooting a defenseless journalist (that one should probably be considered a war crime)

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