After outcry, Israel police to probe actions at journalist’s funeral

Israel’s police chief on Saturday ordered an investigation into the actions of officers on the funeral of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, after they charged the procession and beat pallbearers, sparking international outrage.

1000’s of mourners packed Jerusalem’s Previous Metropolis on Friday for the burial of the 51-year-old Al Jazeera reporter. The Palestinian-American was killed two days earlier throughout an Israeli raid within the occupied West Financial institution.

Tv footage confirmed pallbearers struggling to cease Abu Akleh’s casket from falling to the bottom as baton-wielding police descended upon them, grabbing Palestinian flags.

In a press release, the police stated:

The Israel police commissioner in coordination with the minister of public safety has instructed that an investigation be performed into the incident.

That they had coordinated funeral preparations with the journalist’s household however “rioters tried to sabotage the ceremony and hurt the police,” it stated.

“As with all operational incident, and definitely an incident wherein cops have been uncovered to violence by rioters and wherein pressure was subsequently utilized by the police, the Israel Police shall be wanting into the occasions that ensued through the funeral,” it added.

However Antoun Abu Akleh, the slain journalist’s brother, stated “there was no settlement between us and the police,” who had requested the household how many individuals have been anticipated to attend the funeral.

“We gave them the variety of individuals and the trail of the funeral and that is what occurred,” he advised AFP.

“We advised the police that this can be a nationwide funeral and never a funeral for the Abu Akleh household, however a funeral for all of the Palestinian folks.

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