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Global condemnations and sharp criticism of the Israeli military's brutal actions during Shirin Abu Akil's funeral

 

Several Arab and Western countries condemned the brutal actions of Israeli police forces on Friday during the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shirin Abu Akil to her final resting place.   Angry international reactions denouncing the police's beating of the funeral mourners of Abu Akil in Jerusalem continued.




Several Arab and Western countries condemned the brutal actions of Israeli police forces on Friday during the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shirin Abu Akil to her final resting place.


Angry international reactions denouncing the police's beating of the funeral mourners of Abu Akil in Jerusalem continued.


The Red Cross in Jerusalem announced that 33 people had been injured during the funeral's violence, while there had been 6 arrests.




The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the "brutal aggression perpetrated by the occupation police and its troops against the coffin of Shahidah Shirin Abu Akil and the citizens who carry him", describing the attack as "systematic State terrorism that not only executed the martyr in cold blood, but chased her body until she was buried", and that Israel was the "only democratic State" afraid of a coffin a coffin hand.


In turn, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry expressed Egypt's "total rejection and condemnation of the attacks on the funeral of the late Shirin Abu Akil by the Israeli authorities".




Jordan condemned "in the strongest terms Israel's inhumane and abhorrent aggression" against the mourners of the corpse of the journalist


with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi stating that "this aggression requires universal conscientious vigilance that brings such Israeli aggression and provides protection to the Palestinian brotherly people."


  • Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it strongly condemned the Israeli police's denial of Shirin Abu Akil's body from hospital and the suppression of the construction march
  • stressing that "the occupying authorities have not only killed Shirin in cold blood but have continued to terrorize civilians and funeral participants."
  • For its part, the White House said that the images of Israeli police attacking Palestinians carrying the coffin of Shirin Abu Akil were very worrying, and that they could not justify these actions.


The French embassy in Israel said: "They are very upset by the violence perpetrated by the Israeli police during the funeral of Abu Akil in the French hospital in Jerusalem, which is protected by France. scenes like this are quite shocking ".


The European Union expressed its "dissatisfaction" with the "pointless use of force" by Israeli forces during the funeral, with the European Union Mission to the Palestinians saying: "They are upset by the violence on the campus of St. Joseph's Hospital and by the level of violence of pointlessness practised by the Israeli police throughout the funeral ceremony", adding that "unequal behaviour would inflame tensions".


  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF) also stressed that attacks by Israeli forces on Abu Akil's funeral were condemnable
  • shocking and unacceptable, calling for an immediate international investigation into the circumstances of her murder.
  • U.S. Senator Chris Murphy said the attack on Abu Akil's coffin was horrific, adding: "We will hold accountable those behind it."


The United States representative to the United Nations, Linda Thomas, denounced the fact that she was deeply distressed by the images that had emerged during the funeral of Abu Akil, and that the tragedy of her murder must be dealt with with with the utmost respect and sobriety.


For his part, British lawmaker Sam Tarry said that Israel had not only assassinated Abu Akil, but had even beaten her mourners in a horrific scene. He stressed the importance of holding Israel accountable.


  1. British MP Kim Ledbetter said the scenes of assault on the participants in Abu Akil's funeral were outrageous
  2. vile and unforgivable.
  3. The President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies,
  4. Roberto Fico, stressed that the funeral had witnessed shameful moments and an attack on her coffin, and that the truth about her murder must be clarified.


Scottish Parliament MP Monica Lennon stressed that what happened at the funeral was "sordid and inhumane", adding that the video clearly showed Israeli police violently hitting the pallbearers, causing the coffin to slide and almost fall to the ground.



  • Israeli soldiers attacked youths and men carrying the coffin of Abu Akil to transport him from the French hospital in East Jerusalem to the church where prayers were held
  • apparently in an attempt to remove Palestinian flags carried by some, and for a moment it appeared that the casket would fall to the ground.
  • On Wednesday, Al Jazeera's Shirin Abu Akil was shot dead in Jenin, wearing a bulletproof vest with the slogan "Press" and a helmet.


Al Jazeera Qatari accused Israeli forces of murdering the journalist "deliberately" and "in cold blood".


"The Washington Post": Israeli army investigates one of its soldiers after the assassination of Shirin Abu Akil  The Washington Post said the Israeli military was investigating one of its elements after the assassination of Palestinian journalist Shirin Abu Akil last Wednesday in Jenin.    The newspaper quoted an IDF official as saying that the IDF was investigating 3 separate shootings near the place where Shirin Abu Akil was killed. He did not rule out the possibility that the bullet that ended her life might have been fired by one of his soldiers.



"The Washington Post": Israeli army investigates one of its soldiers after the assassination of Shirin Abu Akil


The Washington Post said the Israeli military was investigating one of its elements after the assassination of Palestinian journalist Shirin Abu Akil last Wednesday in Jenin.


The newspaper quoted an IDF official as saying that the IDF was investigating 3 separate shootings near the place where Shirin Abu Akil was killed. He did not rule out the possibility that the bullet that ended her life might have been fired by one of his soldiers.


The official indicated that the army was looking at an exchange of fire between Israeli soldiers in a car and one or more armed Palestinian men and said that they had shot at the scene. The shooting took place on a street about 490 feet from where Abu Akil was killed. He added that of the three incidents investigated, "one was likely to be the cause of Shirin's death."


The Israeli army official continued to the US newspaper: "One of the soldiers with a rifle and a very good correction system was shooting at one of the terrorists with an M16 weapon. The picture is very clear, he was shooting at our forces. What we are now verifying is Shirin's location, "he said, adding that military investigators had taken rifles from Israeli service members involved in the incident to make them available for ballistic testing.


The admission that an Israeli soldier might be guilty was a major reversal of Israel's initial interpretation of the shooting, namely that Abu Aqla was "most likely" wounded by Palestinian armed fire.


In the hours following Abu Aqla's killing, Al Jazeera and the Palestinian authorities said that Israel was responsible for the assassination. Several witnesses said there had been no exchange of fire between the Israeli army and Palestinian militants in the area where Abu Aqla was reporting, or at the time of the shooting, contradicting Israel's assertions that it had been caught in an exchange of fire prior to the journalist's death.



Palestine deposits Shirin Abu Akil in majestic procession in Jerusalem and Israeli army attacks funeral


  • On Friday, the Israeli military launched a violent attack on the funeral parade of Palestinian journalist Shirin Abu Akil during his discharge from the French hospital.
  • The RT correspondent reported that the reason for the attack was the Israeli authorities' requirement that Abu Akil's body be transported by car from the French hospital rather than with pedestrians.
  • Funeral prayers are held at these moments for the late journalist of the Roman Catholic Church in Bab al-Khalil, in Jerusalem's Old City.
  • Shirin Abu-Sagir, 51, was born in East Jerusalem and will be buried alongside her parents at the Zion cemetery near the Old City.


Thousands of Palestinians took part in the tribute to Abu Akil on Thursday. Palestinian officials, foreign diplomats and a crowd of Palestinians attended an official ceremony in Ramallah at the Palestinian Authority's headquarters in the West Bank, where the journalist's coffin was transported wrapped in a Palestinian flag.


Abu Akil was shot in the head during her coverage of the Israeli army's invasion of the Jenin camp in the West Bank, occupied by Israel for more than 50 years. She was wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest with the word "press" on it.


The declaration of her murder was deeply dismayed in the Palestinian territories and the Arab world, where she has been following her reports for more than two decades, as well as in Europe and the United States.


Several spontaneous rallies were held in the Palestinian territories to protest their killing. A street in Ramallah will be named after her.


The Israeli army has conducted several operations in recent weeks in the Jenin refugee camp, a stronghold of Palestinian armed factions in the northern West Bank, from which it carries out a number of attacks that have led to deaths in Israel.


The source of the bullet that killed Abu Akil is the focus of controversy.


Al Jazeera accused Israeli forces of murdering the journalist "deliberately" and "in cold blood". However, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett indicated that she had been shot by Palestinian fighters "probably".


Hours later, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said that the army was "not sure how it was killed". "It may be a Palestinian who shot her (...) The shot may also have come from our side. We are investigating ".


Gantz added, "We need forensic evidence" from Palestinians, including the bullet that killed the journalist, in order to conduct a "full" investigation.


During Thursday's ceremony, Abbas said: "We hold the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for their killing", justifying his refusal to open a joint investigation by saying that "the Israeli authorities committed this crime, and we do not trust it." He wanted to have recourse to the International Criminal Court.


The President of the Palestinian Authority stated that "the investigation must be completely independent", pledging to make the findings public with "great transparency".


Bennett replied: "Unfortunately, at this stage, the Palestinian Authority is preventing any possibility of joint investigation or even reaching the preliminary conclusions necessary to get to the truth."


The United States had "strongly condemned the murder" and called for a "transparent" investigation that would prefer to be shared between Israelis and Palestinians.


The United Nations and the European Union called for an "independent" investigation.


During his visit to Tehran, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, accused Israeli forces of killing the journalist. "The perpetrators of this heinous crime must be held accountable."


Palestinian investigation confirms Israeli army as the only source of shooting at Shirin Abu Akil      The Palestinian Public Prosecutor's Office announced on Friday the results of preliminary investigations, according to which the Israeli army was the only source of fire at the time of Shirin Abu Akil's injury.   In a statement announcing the results of its preliminary investigation into the killing of Abu Akil on Wednesday in the city of Jenin, the Palestinian prosecution said that the Israeli army had deliberately "committed its crime."   "The detection and inspection of the crime scene showed recent and converging traces and marks on the tree near Shirin, resulting from direct fire towards the crime scene."   "The closest Israeli force was stationed away from Shirin Abu Akil when she was wounded about 150 metres, and Shirin was wearing press unifor




Palestinian investigation confirms Israeli army as the only source of shooting at Shirin Abu Akil






The Palestinian Public Prosecutor's Office announced on Friday the results of preliminary investigations, according to which the Israeli army was the only source of fire at the time of Shirin Abu Akil's injury.


In a statement announcing the results of its preliminary investigation into the killing of Abu Akil on Wednesday in the city of Jenin, the Palestinian prosecution said that the Israeli army had deliberately "committed its crime."



  • "The detection and inspection of the crime scene showed recent and converging traces and marks on the tree near Shirin, resulting from direct fire towards the crime scene."
  • "The closest Israeli force was stationed away from Shirin Abu Akil when she was wounded about 150 metres, and Shirin was wearing press uniforms and a protective helmet."
  • "The shooting towards the scene continued until after she was injured, hampering attempts to reach her to help her by her colleagues and citizens."
  • "The findings of the preliminary forensic medical report indicate that the direct cause of death is brain decay caused by a high-speed firearm that runs into the skull cavity through the wound of the entrance."


She continued: "The projectile then came out from the inside of the cavity, through the wound of the exit and hit after exiting the inside of the protective helmet, and bounced it to settle inside the frayed tissue inside the skull."


The prosecution stated that "the firearm was exhumed from the body of the martyr and the prosecution was ordered to refer it to the criminal laboratory to prepare a detailed technical report on the matter".


"The investigation proceedings will continue and all the final results of their investigations will be announced at a press conference as soon as they are completed."


  1. On Wednesday, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that Al Jazeera's Qatari correspondent, Shirin Abu Aqil
  2. 51, was killed by IDF gunfire in the city of Jenin.
  3. The Palestinian Authority and the Al-Jazeera network accused Israel of deliberately killing Abu Aqeel by shooting her


while she was doing her job, while the Israeli army said that its preliminary estimate was that she had been "shot dead by Palestinian gunmen".

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemned the Israeli police's assault on the funeral of journalist Abu Akil in East Jerusalem.


Biden calls for investigation into murder of journalist Shirin Abu Akil   US President Joe Biden stressed the need to investigate the killing of Palestinian journalist Al Jazeera Qatari correspondent Shirin Abu Akil.   Biden told reporters at the White House on Friday: "I don't know all the details, but I know the investigation needs to be done."



Biden calls for investigation into murder of journalist Shirin Abu Akil



US President Joe Biden stressed the need to investigate the killing of Palestinian journalist Al Jazeera Qatari correspondent Shirin Abu Akil.


Biden told reporters at the White House on Friday: "I don't know all the details, but I know the investigation needs to be done."


This was in response to the question whether Biden condemned the dispersal of Israeli troops from Palestinians participating in Shirin Abu Akil's funeral on Friday and prevented them from taking part in a rally.


Journalist Shirin Abu Akil was killed while covering Israeli military operations in Jenin, West Bank, on Wednesday.




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