EThis Friday when the journalist’s coffin Shireen Abu Aklehwas being carried from the morgue to the cemetery in Jerusalem, Israeli police beat members of the funeral procession with batons. The coffin came crashing down to almost touch the ground for a moment as the police charged at them.
The body of the American Palestinian journalist for the Al Jazeera television network, 51, of Christian faith, was transferred to the Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation, in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Thousands of people, some carrying Palestinian flags, attended the funeral of Abu Akleh, who witnesses on the ground said was shot in the head by Israeli forces on Wednesday while covering an Israeli raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank. .
He was wearing a bulletproof vest, identified as “press”, and a helmet. The initial investigation by Israeli authorities says they cannot determine where the bullet that killed her came from. The Palestinian authorities have refused to carry out a joint investigation with Israel and will take the complaint of the murder to the International Criminal Court.
Shireen Abu Akleh, an icon of Palestinian journalism, was buried this Friday in a cemetery outside the Old City in East Jerusalem.