- Israeli troops beat crowds of mourners carrying Shireen Abu Akleh’s coffin to burial in the old city of occupied East Jerusalem.
- Thousands of Palestinians have gathered for the funeral before Abu Akleh is taken to the Protestant cemetery of Mount Zion, where she will be buried next to her dead parents for hours.
- Abu Akleh’s body was taken from Jenin, where she was killed by Israeli forces on Wednesday, via Nablus and Ramallah to Jerusalem in a procession where Palestinians paid their respects.
- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said he would take Abu Akleh’s case to the International Criminal Court in a bid to get justice for the veteran reporter, who joined Al Jazeera in 1997 and was an icon in Palestine. and the wider Arab world.
Niece of Abu Akleh: Israel ‘still trying to silence her’
Abu Akleh’s niece, Lina Abu Akleh, has said Israeli forces are “still trying to silence her aunt and the mourners gathered for the funeral.”
“Even a funeral in our country in Palestine is not peaceful. Unfortunately, there were several Israeli checkpoints on the way to the hospital that prevented cars from reaching the hospital, also limiting the number of cars that can reach the Jaffa Gate next to the church,” she said. to Al Jazeera.
“This shows that even though they silenced her by killing her, they still try to silence the people and prevent them from being with us, bringing their love and support to her, and honoring her legacy during this terrible tragedy,” she said. †
Lina Abu Akleh spoke to Al Jazeera shortly before Israeli forces beat mourners who attempted to escort Abu Akleh’s body from the hospital to the funeral.
Priest: Abu Akleh will ‘have influence all over the world’
A Christian priest who will attend Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral told Al Jazeera before the ceremony that she “will have influence around the world”.
“We don’t believe in the love of power, we believe in the power of love,” Father Fadi Diab, who will conduct the funeral, told Al Jazeera.
Thousands of mourners gathered at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Virgin in occupied East Jerusalem for the funeral.
“No one can compare the Palestinian cause to any other violence in the world or any other war because every country that has had a war still has its identity, its country, but we have lost our country, our identity,” Fadi said. diab.
Abu Akleh’s body arrives at the church
A hearse containing Abu Akleh’s body has arrived at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Virgin in occupied East Jerusalem.
The arrival followed Israeli forces attacking mourners who attempted to escort Abu Akleh’s body to the church.
‘They wanted to walk with her body’
Al Jazeera Imran Khan, reporting from East Jerusalem, said Israeli forces attacked mourners because they did not want them to walk with Abu Akleh’s coffin.
“What’s going on is that there was some pushing and pushing between the Israeli military and the people who wanted to take Shireen’s body to the church,” he said.
“They wanted to walk with her body. They didn’t want to get in the cars the Israeli military said they weren’t allowed to.”
Israeli security forces beat mourners
Israeli security forces beat mourners as they began moving Abu Akleh’s coffin from St. Louis French Hospital in the occupied Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
Marwan Bishara of Al Jazeera, who commented on the attack, said: “why is this kind of violence necessary?”
Abu Akleh and the Journalists Killed by Israeli Forces
At least 45 journalists have been killed by Israeli forces since 2000, according to the Palestinian Information Ministry.
The Palestinian Journalists’ Union estimates the death toll at 55.
Press freedom advocates have long said Israel acts with impunity when it comes to attacking journalists. In April, three organizations filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court about the killing and maiming of media workers.
Read more about the journalists who died covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict here.
Israel probes soldier into murder of journalist Abu Akleh
The Israeli military is increasingly accepting the possibility that one of its soldiers killed veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, and reports are emerging that Israel is investigating the likelihood that one of its soldiers shot her during a raid on the occupied city of Jenin in the West Bank.
The admission that an Israeli soldier could be responsible is proof that Israelis are going back from their initial position that Palestinian fighters in Jenin were likely to have killed Abu Akleh.
Israel is investigating the Abu Akleh assassination, Israeli military sources told the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.
Read more here.
Funeral will be held at Abu Akleh’s birthplace, Jerusalem
A three-day memorial procession, which began Wednesday when Al Jazeera journalist Abu Akleh was fatally shot by Israeli forces while reporting on a raid on the Jenin refugee camp, will culminate on Friday with a funeral in her hometown of Jerusalem.
Friday’s events are expected to begin with a procession from the St. Louis French Hospital in the occupied Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, where Abu Akleh’s body stayed overnight, to the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, where An afternoon funeral service will be held at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Virgin.
Abu Akleh, who was murdered at age 51, will then be buried next to her parents in the nearby Mount Zion Protestant cemetery.
Read more here.