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International outcry after Israeli police charge at Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral – FRANCE 24


The international community denounced the intervention of the Israeli police on Friday at the funeral in Jerusalem of Shireen Abu Akleh, the coffin of the Palestinian journalist having almost fallen to the ground after the truncheons against the bearers. For its part, the UN Security Council “strongly condemned” the murder of the journalist and demanded “an immediate, thorough, transparent and impartial investigation” into this affair. Thousands of Palestinians buried, Friday, May 13, in Jerusalem, Shireen Abu Akleh, one of their star journalists killed during an Israeli operation, during a funeral marked by a charge of the Israeli police at the start of the funeral procession , incident widely criticized. The European Union condemned “the disproportionate use of force and the disrespectful behavior of the Israeli police against the participants in the funeral procession”, according to its head of diplomacy Josep Borrell. the scenes observed today on the sidelines of the funeral and the disproportionate and disrespectful use during the funeral procession,” also commented on Twitter Dimiter Tzantchev, EU ambassador to Israel. Dismayed by the scenes witnessed today at the margins of Ms Abu Akleh’s funeral and the disproportionate and disrespectful use of force on a funeral procession. Maintaining public order can be done by other means.— Dimiter Tzantchev (@DTzantchev) May 13, 2022 On the Washington side, the White House said it was “deeply disturbed” by the images of the journalist’s funeral. “We all given these images, they are deeply disturbing,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. “We deplore the intrusion into what should have been a peaceful procession,” she added. “We have asked for respect for the funeral procession, the loved ones of the deceased and the family in this sensitive context” , she continued, paying tribute to the “remarkable journalist” killed Wednesday during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank. “We were deeply disturbed to see the images of the Israeli police intrusion into the funeral procession” of the journalist, said for his part the u.s. secretary of State Antony Blinken in a press release. We were deeply troubled by the images of Israeli police intruding into the funeral procession of Palestinian American Shireen Abu Akleh. Every family deserves to lay their loved ones to rest in a dignified and unimpeded manner.—Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) May 13, 2022 UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also said he was “deeply troubled” by the behavior of “some Israeli policemen”, and his “disorder” also concerns the “clashes between the Israeli security forces and the Palestinians gathered at Saint Joseph’s Hospital”, said a spokesman, Farhan Haq. the removal of the coffin from this hospital in East Jerusalem, a Palestinian sector of the city occupied and annexed by the Jewish state, the Israeli police burst into the premises of the establishment and tried to disperse a crowd waving Palestinian flags .The coffin almost fell from the hands of the bearers who were jostled by the police but was caught in extremis, according to images broadcast by local television which also show the police using truncheons. e security unanimous “If you do not stop these nationalist chants, we will have to disperse you using force and we will prevent the funeral from taking place,” an Israeli policeman said in a megaphone in the direction of the crowd, according to a video broadcast by the police. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 33 people were injured during the funeral. Israeli police reported six arrests. On Wednesday, the American-Palestinian journalist for Al Jazeera, Qatar’s TV, was shot in the head while covering an Israeli military raid on the refugee camp. refugees from Jenin, in the north of the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967. She was wearing a bullet-proof vest marked “press” and a reporter’s helmet. This murder sparked a unanimous statement overnight from Friday to Saturday of the UN Security Council, which “strongly condemned” it. 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” on this murder. She stresses “the need to guarantee accountability” of her or her perpetrators, according to the text obtained by AFP. First, Israel said that she had “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 having killed her.”Profoundly shocking”The French representation in Jerusalem described as “deeply shocking” the “police violence” at the hospital Saint -Joseph. “The occupation forces did not just kill Shireen (…) but they terrorized those who accompanied her to her final resting place,” Qatar Foreign Affairs said. police, the crowd accompanied the coffin to a church in the Old City where a mass was said, before heading to the cemetery. The funeral of the 51-year-old journalist took place amid further clashes. in and 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 Ministry of Health. The Israeli army launched several operations to apprehend it, according to it Palestinians wanted in the Jenin camp, a stronghold of the Palestinian armed factions from which the perpetrators of deadly attacks in recent months in Israel originated. Investigations The death of Shireen Abu Akleh has sparked a wave of emotion in the Palestinian Territories, in the Arab world where his reporting has been followed for more than two decades, in Europe and the United States. Several calls for a “transparent” investigation have been made. According to a statement from the Palestinian prosecutor’s office in Ramallah in the West Bank on Friday, “the first results of the crime scene investigation showed that the only origin of the shooting was the forces Before him, the Israeli army indicated that it was not possible to immediately determine the origin of the shooting according to the preliminary results of its investigation. The shot could just as well be of Palestinian or Israeli origin, according to her. The Israeli authorities are demanding that the bullet be given to them in order to carry out a ballistic examination. They proposed that Palestinian and American experts be present during the examination. But Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused a joint investigation with Israel. “The Israeli authorities committed this crime and we do not trust them.” Protests against the journalist’s death took place in several countries and in the Palestinian Territories. On the roof of a building in the central square of Ramallah in the West Bank, the huge billboard now displays a portrait of the journalist, accompanied by a sober message: “Goodbye Shireen, goodbye the voice of Palestine”. With AFP


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