Israel’s police chief on Saturday ordered a probe 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. Witnesses say the Palestinian-American was shot lifeless two days earlier by Israeli police throughout a raid in occupied West Financial institution, which Israel has denied.
Tv footage confirmed pallbearers struggling to cease Abu Akleh’s casket from falling to the bottom as baton-wielding police charged in direction of them, grabbing Palestinian flags.
“The Israel Police Commissioner in coordination with the Minister of Public Safety has instructed that an investigation be carried out into the incident,” the police stated in an announcement.
That they had coordinated funeral preparations with the journalist’s household however “rioters tried to sabotage the ceremony and hurt the police,” it stated.
The US was “deeply troubled to see the photographs of Israeli police intruding into her funeral procession,” secretary of state Antony Blinken stated on Friday.
The European Union condemned what it stated was “pointless power” utilized by the Israeli police. On Saturday the muse of late South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu stated scenes of Israeli police attacking the pallbearers have been “chillingly reminiscent” of what occurred throughout the funerals of anti-apartheid activists.
In a uncommon, unanimous assertion, the UN Safety Council condemned the killing, calling for “a right away, thorough, clear, and neutral investigation,” diplomats stated.