Israeli Police Attack Mourners at Shireen Abu Akleh's Funeral: Latest Updates - The New York Times
May 13, 2022 4 mins, 37 secs
Video showed police officers in Jerusalem beating and kicking mourners next to the coffin of Shireen Abu Akleh, an Al Jazeera reporter who was killed on Wednesday, forcing one to the ground.

Israel investigates whether Shireen Abu Akleh was shot from an Israeli Army jeep.

Palestinian prosecutors say the journalist was deliberately killed by Israeli forces.

Israeli police officers on Friday assaulted mourners at the funeral procession of a prominent Palestinian American journalist killed this week in the occupied West Bank, forcing pallbearers to nearly drop the coffin.

Video showed police officers in Jerusalem beating and kicking pallbearers carrying the coffin that contained the body of the journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, striking other mourners with batons, and forcing one man to the ground.

Abu Akleh was shot dead on Wednesday morning in the occupied West Bank during an Israeli raid on the city of Jenin.

Witnesses said she was killed by an Israeli soldier.

The Israeli Army said on Friday that while it was possible Ms.

“I chose journalism to be close to the people,” she said in a short reel shared by Al Jazeera soon after she was killed on Wednesday by gunfire in the West Bank.

As Shireen Abu Akleh was laid to rest on Friday, the police attack on her funeral procession highlighted for many colleagues and officials what it is like for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.

“Today the Jerusalem police desecrated Shireen Abu Akleh’s memory and funeral,” Israel’s regional cooperation minister, Esawi Frej, one of the first Arabs to serve as an Israeli minister, wrote on Twitter.

In a statement, the Israeli police said they acted after some mourners began chanting “nationalist incitement” and some threw projectiles at them.

“Today, EU and like-minded partners attended the funeral of Shireen Abu Akleh in occupied East Jerusalem,” the European Union Delegation to the Palestinians said in a comment posted on Twitter.

The attack on mourners at Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral procession occurred as the Israeli Army released its most cautious and detailed assessment yet about who was responsible for her death on Wednesday.

Abu Akleh was shot dead by Israeli soldiers while covering an Israeli raid on Jenin, a city in the northern West Bank.

Israeli officials have not ruled out that possibility but have consistently said that her killer could have been a Palestinian militant.

On Friday afternoon, the Israeli Army released the findings of its preliminary investigation, again concluding that it was “not possible to unequivocally determine the source of the gunfire which hit and killed Ms.

The army’s statement still suggested that she might have been hit by Palestinians aiming at Israeli soldiers.

Palestinian investigators have concluded that the veteran Al Jazeera journalist killed Wednesday was shot deliberately by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, according to a preliminary report released on Friday night by the Palestinian Authority’s public prosecutor’s office.

“The only source of gunfire at the crime scene was from the occupation forces at the time Shireen Abu Akleh was wounded,” the preliminary report stated.

The release of the Palestinians’ preliminary report came hours after the Israeli Army released its own preliminary findings, concluding that it was “not possible to unequivocally determine the source of the gunfire which hit and killed Ms.

The Israeli report did set out a scenario in which Israeli forces might have hit Ms.

But the Israeli statement said that she could also have been hit by Palestinians aiming at Israeli soldiers.

The killing of Shireen Abu Akleh came amid weeks of violence in which Arab assailants have carried out fatal attacks in several Israeli cities, prompting the Israeli military to step up what it described as counterterrorist operations in the occupied West Bank, causing additional deaths.

The Israeli Army has focused arrest raids in and around Jenin, where Ms.

The two Palestinian men accused of carrying out an ax attack that killed three Israeli civilians last week in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish town of Elad came from Rumana, part of the Jenin district.

The wave of attacks began in late March, when a Palestinian man from the West Bank who sympathized with the Islamic State fatally stabbed a Moldovan worker in an apartment in Jerusalem, apparently mistaking him for an Israeli Jew, according to the police.

Palestinian gunmen also killed an Israeli guard at the entrance of Ariel, a large Jewish settlement in the heart of the West Bank.

The bullet that killed the Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Wednesday has become a central point of contention in the competing efforts by Israelis and Palestinians to investigate who shot her

The Palestinian Authority on Thursday declined a request to let Israeli officials examine the bullet that killed Ms

Abu Akleh, a prominent reporter for Al Jazeera who was killed in the occupied West Bank during an Israeli raid

Palestinian officials and witnesses accused Israeli soldiers of killing Ms

Abu Akleh, dismissing Israeli claims that the journalist may have been hit by Palestinian fire during a shootout in Jenin, a city in the northern West Bank

Palestinian leaders said that Israel could not be trusted to investigate the killing, while Israeli officials said that the Palestinians had refused to provide the bullet in order to hide the truth

Both Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants involved in the Jenin clashes were carrying M16 assault rifles, guns that use the same 5.56-millimeter bullets, Israeli officials said

Abu Akleh and her colleagues came under fire while covering an Israeli army raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday


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