Israel Blamed For Arab Violence At Reporter’s Funeral [VIDEOS]

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Israeli police confront Arab mob who snatched the casket of slain Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during her funeral in east Jerusalem, Friday, May 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Maya Levin)

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Israel Police is launching an investigation into the violent clashes at the funeral of Al-Jazeera reporter Shereen Abu-Akleh on Friday, during which the casket almost fell to the ground. The clashes drew international condemnation.

Following the funeral attended by thousands of Arabs, Israel Police issued a statement saying that they coordinated plans for the funeral together with Abu Akleh’s family and were forced to intervene when hundreds of rioters forcefully grabbed the casket and took it on an unplanned march through the cemetery, against the wishes of the family. Hundreds of Arabs also threw rocks, glass bottles, and other objects at the police.

“On Friday, about 300 rioters arrived at Saint Joseph hospital in Jerusalem and prevented the family members from loading the coffin onto the hearse to travel to the cemetery – as had been planned and coordinated with the family in advance,” the police stated. “Instead, the mob threatened the driver of the hearse and then proceeded to carry the coffin on an unplanned procession to the cemetery by foot.”

“This went against the wishes of the Abu-Akleh family and the security coordinations that had been planned to safeguard the large number of mourners. Israel Police instructed that the coffin be returned to the hearse, as did the EU ambassador and Shireen Abu-Akleh’s own family, but the mob refused.”

“Israeli Police intervened to disperse the mob and prevent them from taking the coffin in order that the funeral could proceed as planned in accordance with the wishes of the family.”

“During the riot that was instigated by the mob, glass bottles and other objects were thrown, resulting in the injury of both mourners and police officers.”

Meanwhile, the Biden administration quickly condemned Israel.

“We were deeply troubled by the images of Israeli police intruding into the funeral procession of Palestinian American Shireen Abu Akleh,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated.” Every family deserves to lay their loved ones to rest in a dignified and unimpeded manner.”

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US Ambassador to the UN, stated: “Deeply distressed by the images from Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral procession. The tragedy of her killing should be handled with the utmost respect, sobriety, and care.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


7 COMMENTS

  1. Biden condemns Israel for the Palestinians barbaric kidnapping of the coffin of Shireen Abuakleh. So mida kneged mida, today he has to deal with a homegrown terrorist who murders 10 innocent people in Buffalo. Mr Biden, dont jump to judge Israel when they have to deal with ruthless, vicious and thoroughly unethical barbarians aka Palestinians.

  2. Doubt it was necessary for any Magav presence at the funeral procession. Yet thanks to their presence, several Arabs likely left that funeral more strongly committed to violent resistance against the medinah than before. It really seems like the medinah deliberately instigates violence from Arabs that justifies the medinah’s own resort to violent repressive tactics against Arabs, which just instigates more violent resistance from Arabs. If not for this, perhaps there would be no need for a brutal authoritarian police state to “protect” anyone in Yisroel. At horrible costs the medinah stakes out its raison d’être.

  3. Ego, too much ego, that’s probably what caused this catastrophic decision to attack
    the people carrying the coffin
    Foolish is an understatement