Israeli police announced this Saturday that they would investigate the actions of their agents during the funeral on the eve of Palestinian journalist Shirin Abu Akle in Jerusalem after a wave of criticism of the police crackdown on those who carried her coffin. .
“The Israeli Police Commissioner, in cooperation with the Minister of Public Security, has directed an investigation into the incident,” a police spokesman said today, adding that “The Israeli Police Force stands by its officers, but as a professional organization committed to learning and improving, it will also learn from this.” incident.”
Police claimed that during the funeral ceremony, “agents were abused by rioters” who were “trying to disrupt the ceremony and harm the police.” In this regard, he added, the security forces responded with the use of force.
The decision to investigate these events came in response to a wave of criticism from the international community, including the government of the United States, the European Union and the UN Security Council, after images of Israeli agents beating with batons went viral. almost causing him to fall.
Throughout the day Friday, the Israeli police made various arguments to justify the violence by their forces, first alleging nationalist chants, incitement to violence and alleged stoning, and then emphasizing that the intention to carry the body of a reporter from the hospital on the shoulders violated an agreement with the family. to do it in the car.
The episodes came amid high tensions in Jerusalem, where about 10,000 Palestinians gathered to pay their last respects to a veteran journalist, a native of the city, who was shot in the head Wednesday while covering an Israeli army raid. in the West Bank city of Jenin.
Both the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and the Qatari Al Jazeera network for which Abu Akle worked, and several journalists who were with her when she died, accused Israeli forces of killing her.
The Israeli government, for its part, first blamed the Palestinian militias and then pointed out that at the moment it was not possible to determine who fired the shot, emphasizing the need for a joint investigation, which the PNA refuses.
The raid, which killed 51-year-old Abu Akle, who held dual Palestinian and American citizenship, comes in the context of the current surge of violence in the region, which began almost two months ago with a spate of attacks on Israeli territory. has already claimed more than 50 lives.
Yesterday, during a new arrest operation in Jenin, a sergeant of a special unit of the Israeli police was killed as a result of a shootout with Palestinian militias, as well as 13 injured Palestinians.
This Saturday, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported the death of a 23-year-old man who was wounded on April 22 during clashes with Israeli forces on the Esplanade of Jerusalem Mosques.
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