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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Slaughter Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to be buried in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – Thousands of Palestinians attended a funeral in Jerusalem on Friday for an Al Jazeera journalist who witnesses say was shot while covering a military raid in the occupied West Bank by Israeli forces earlier this week Went.

The Israeli military said its preliminary investigation showed that there was heavy shelling some 200 yards from the death of Shirin Abu Akleh, but was unable to determine whether he was shot by Israeli forces or Palestinian militants. Or not.

There has been a wave of mourning in the Palestinian territories and the wider Arab world in recent days. Abu Akleh was a widely respected on-air correspondent who spent a quarter century covering the harsh realities of life under Israeli military rule, which is not well into his sixth decade of sight.

Dozens of people, many of whom were carrying Palestinian flags, tried to march to the coffin from a hospital near the old city. Israeli police went inside and began beating them with sticks, causing the pallbearers to briefly lower the coffin to the ground.

Police later allowed the family to carry the coffin to the old city’s Catholic church, which was filled with mourners, before closing down the hospital and firing tear gas at scores of protesters inside.

Israeli police in riot gear cover mourners and journalists covering the transfer from the hospital to his final resting place, Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shirin Abu Akleh, who was killed in East Jerusalem on May 13, 2022.
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Qatar-based Al Jazeera previously said that its managing director, Ahmed Alayafi, would travel to Jerusalem to attend the funeral.

Israel has called for a joint investigation with the Palestinian Authority to hand over the bullets for forensic analysis to determine who triggered the deadly 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 military said in a statement Friday that Palestinian gunmen recklessly fired hundreds of rounds of shots at an Israeli military vehicle, some in the direction of where Abu Akleh stood. It said Israeli forces retaliated and without a ballistic analysis it could not be determined who was responsible for his death.

The bereaved gather at the hospital where the body of slain Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shirin Abu Akleh will be taken to his final resting place in East Jerusalem, Friday, May 13, 2022.
The bereaved gather at the hospital where the body of Shirin Abu Akleh, a veteran Al Jazeera journalist who was killed on May 13, 2022, will be taken to his final resting place in East Jerusalem.
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“The conclusion of the interim investigation is that it is not possible to trace the source of the fire that struck and killed the reporter,” the military said.

The reporter who was with Abu Akleh, one of whom was shot and wounded, said there was no conflict or militants in the immediate area when he was killed in the early hours of Wednesday. They were all wearing protective equipment that clearly identified them as journalists.

Both parties are likely to cast doubt on any conclusions made by the other party, and there is no possibility of an independent investigation by a third party.

The PA and Al Jazeera accused Israel of intentionally killing Abu Akle within hours of his death. Israel says a thorough investigation is needed before any conclusions can be reached.

An Israeli border police officer in riot gear takes aim with riot control rounds outside the hospital where the body of slain Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shirin Abu Akleh will be taken to his final resting place in East Jerusalem, Friday, May 13 .  2022.
An Israeli border police officer in riot gear takes aim with riot control rounds outside the hospital where the body of Shirin Abu, a veteran Al Jazeera journalist who was killed on May 13, 2022, will be taken.
Associated Press

Rights groups say Israel rarely investigates the killing of Palestinians by its security forces and on rare occasions offers liberal punishments.

Abu Akle, 51, joined Al Jazeera’s Arabic-language service in 1997 and rose to prominence in the early 2000s while covering the Second Palestinian Intifada, or insurgency against the Israeli regime.

He was shot in the head early Wednesday while covering an Israeli arrest raid in the West Bank city of Jenin. Palestinians in and around Jenin have carried out a series of deadly attacks inside Israel in recent weeks, and Israel has launched daily arrest raids in the region, often igniting gun battles with militants.

Israeli mounted police in riot gear stage outside the hospital where the body of slain Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shirin Abu Akleh will be carried to his final resting place in East Jerusalem, Friday, May 13, 2022.
Israeli mounted police in riot gear stage outside the hospital where the body of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shirin Abu Akleh, who was killed in East Jerusalem on May 13, 2022, will be carried to his final resting place.
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Israeli police patrol riot gear outside the hospital where the body of slain Al Jazeera veteran Shirin Abu Akleh will be carried to his final resting place in East Jerusalem, Friday, May 13, 2022.
Israeli police patrol riot gear outside the hospital where the body of Shireen Abu Akleh, a veteran Al Jazeera journalist who was killed in East Jerusalem on May 13, 2022, will be taken to her final resting place.
Associated Press
Israeli police in riot gear face mourners and journalists covering the transfer of slain Al Jazeera veteran Shirin Abu Akleh from hospital to his final resting place, East Jerusalem, Friday, May 13, 2022.
Israeli police in riot gear cover mourners and journalists covering the transfer from the hospital to his final resting place, Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shirin Abu Akleh, who was killed in East Jerusalem on May 13, 2022.
Associated Press

Israeli troops again infiltrated Jenin early on Friday. An Associated Press photographer heard heavy gunfire and explosions and said Israeli troops had surrounded a house.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said 13 Palestinians were hospitalized after being wounded in the fighting, including one with a bullet injury in the stomach. The Israeli military tweeted that Palestinians opened fire as its forces went to arrest suspected terrorists.

Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem in the 1967 war—including the Old City and sacred sites for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The Palestinians want both regions as part of their future state. Israel did not recognize East Jerusalem internationally and viewed the entire city as its capital.

Police went to Abu Aqle’s family home in Jerusalem the day he was killed and appeared at other mourning events in the city to remove the Palestinian flag. Tension has increased a lot regarding the funeral.

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