Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was laid to rest in Jerusalem on Friday, but not before her funeral procession was interrupted by Israeli police who beat onlookers and pallbearers, forcing them to drop one end of the coffin.
Horrible scenes as Israeli security forces beat the funeral procession for slain journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and the crowd momentarily lose control of her casket pic.twitter.com/DEJF5Ty9tZ.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT – Palestinian mourners and Israel police clashed at the funeral procession of killed Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh in Jerusalem https://t.co/fXKQb0xqUN pic.twitter.com/RxskKHzERO.
Israeli police said in a statement to The New York Times that they took “enforcement action” after witnessing “nationalist incitement” during the procession.
Shocked by the disproportionate and disrespectful behaviour of the Israeli police in Jerusalem today during the funeral procession of Palestinian journalist @ShireenNasri @AlJazeera.
They said they did not see any Palestinian militants, and there were no clashes in the immediate area where Abu Akleh was hit, contradicting claims from the Israeli military that Palestinian fighters had fired hundreds of rounds, some in her direction