Israel police insisted on Saturday they charged at the funeral of slain American Al Jazeera reporter Shirin Abu Akle only because his coffin was being stolen by a violent mob.
“Israel Police prepared yesterday to facilitate a quiet and dignified funeral for journalist Shirin Abu Aqleh, and coordinated funeral arrangements with her family. Unfortunately, hundreds of rioters ransacked the ceremony and police Tried to harm,” Israel Police tweeted.
in an earlier series Tweets Friday, Israeli police also said that the rioters had lost control so much that they threatened the driver of Akleh’s chariot before trying to grab the coffin.
Shocking video images show Israeli officials running with batons into a Jerusalem crowd and later attacking Palbear – causing Abu Aqleh’s coffin to fall to the ground.
Israeli police tweeted, “On Friday, around 300 rioters arrived at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Jerusalem and prevented family members from loading a coffin on the body to travel to the cemetery – as planned and with the family.” The coordination was done.”
“Instead, the mob threatened the driver of the vehicle and then proceeded to carry the coffin on foot to the graveyard in an unplanned procession. This went against the wishes of the Abu-Akleh family and security coordination, which was planned to protect the large numbers of mourners.
“Israel Police instructed that the coffin be returned to the chariot, as it did [European Union] The ambassador and his family of Shirin Abu-Akleh, but the crowd refused. Israeli police intervened to disperse the crowd and prevent them from taking the coffin, so that the funeral could take place as planned, as the family wished.
“Glass bottles and other items were thrown during the mob-instigated riot, resulting in injuries to both the mourner and the police officer.”
President Joe Biden has called for an investigation by Israeli police into baton-wielding accused in the procession – with White House press secretary Jen Psaki calling the incident “deeply disturbing”.
The incident happened just before a closed-door meeting between Biden and Jordan’s King Abdullah II at the White House.
Abu Akleh, 51, was shot in the head on Wednesday while covering an Israeli raid in the northern city of Jenin in the West Bank. She belonged to a Palestinian Christian family and had been working for a Qatar-based news channel since 1997.
Israel has called for a joint investigation with the Palestinian Authority and the PA to hand over the bullet that fired the bullet to Abu Akle for forensic analysis to determine who fired it. The PA has refused, saying it will conduct its own investigation and send the results to the International Criminal Court.