Israeli police chief on Saturday ordered an investigation into the actions of officers at the funeral of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh after they accused the procession and beat pallet carriers, triggering global outrage.
Thousands of mourners filled Jerusalem’s old town on Friday for the funeral of the 51-year-old Al Jazeera reporter. The Palestinian-American was killed two days earlier during an Israeli raid on the occupied West Bank.
Television footage showed pallet carriers fighting to prevent Abu Akleh’s coffin from falling to the ground as relay-swinging police came down on them and seized the Palestinian flags.
In a statement, police said:
The Israeli police commissioner, in coordination with the Minister of Public Security, has instructed that an investigation into the incident be carried out.
They had coordinated funeral arrangements with the journalist’s family, but “rioters tried to sabotage the ceremony and harm the police,” it said.
“As with any operational incident, and certainly an incident in which police officers were subjected to violence by rioters and in which force was subsequently used by the police, the Israeli police will investigate the events that followed during the funeral,” it added. .
But Antoun Abu Akleh, the brother of the slain journalist, said, “there was no agreement between us and the police,” who had asked the family how many people were expected to attend the funeral.
“We gave them the number of attendees and the way to the funeral, and that’s what happened,” he told AFP.
“We told the police that this is a national funeral and not a funeral for the Abu Akleh family, but a funeral for the entire Palestinian people.
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After the outcry, Israeli police investigated the actions of the journalist’s funeral
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