US and Europe condemn violence at journalist’s funeral procession in Jerusalem


The European Union and the United States expressed outrage at the violence used by Israeli police in East Jerusalem on Friday against the funeral procession shot dead Wednesday AlJazeerajournalist Shireen Abu Akleh (51).

The European Union said it was “shocked” by the “unnecessary violence”.

Washington said it was “deeply troubled”. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said every family has the right to say goodbye to their loved ones “with dignity and without hindrance”.

Thousands of people gathered in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday to bid farewell to Abu Akleh. On the pictures of AlJazeera You could see the police beating the funeral procession hard. As a result, Abu Akleh’s coffin nearly fell to the ground.

Israel says mourners threw stones

According to the humanitarian organization Red Crescent, 33 people were injured. Six of them were taken to hospital. Israeli authorities said six mourners were arrested for throwing rocks and glass bottles.

According to Israel, the police intervened because hundreds of rioters disturbed public order. A journalist from AlJazeera said, however, that the Israeli security forces did not want mourners to accompany Abu Akleh’s coffin and that the Israelis used force because of this.

Only Israel mentions the Palestinian bullet as an option

Abu Akleh died while reporting an Israeli army raid on the occupied West Bank. An initial Israeli police investigation indicates that it is not possible to determine who fired the bullet that killed Abu Akleh.

According to the Israeli police, the bullet came from a Palestinian sniper or a stray bullet from an Israeli sniper.

The Palestinian prosecutor’s office in Ramallah, West Bank, later said preliminary results of an investigation show that Israeli soldiers killed Abu Akleh. It also says AlJazeerathe journalist’s employer.

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