The Israeli police announced this Saturday that they would conduct an investigation into the actions of their agents during the funeral on the eve of a Palestinian journalist. Shirin Abu Akle in Jerusalem after a wave of criticism of the police crackdown on those who carried his coffin.
“The Israeli Police Commissioner, in consultation with the Minister of Public Security, has ordered an investigation into the incident,” a police spokesman said in a statement, adding that “The Israeli Police stands by its officers, but as a professional organization committed to learning and improving, it will also learn from the incident.” .
Police, however, 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 was made in response to a wave of criticism from the international community, including US government, European Union and United Nations Security Councilafter images of Israeli agents beating Palestinians carrying Abu Akle’s coffin with clubs almost caused him to fall, went viral.
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 took place amidst high tensions in Jerusalem, where about 10,000 Palestinians gathered to pay their last respects to the city-born veteran journalist who was shot in the head Wednesday while covering an Israeli army raid. Army in the West Bank city of Jenin.
Both Palestinian National Authority (PNA) how the Qatari network Al Jazeera, 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. already caused more than 50 deaths.
Yesterday, during a new detention operation in Jenin, a sergeant of a special unit of the Israeli police was killed in a shootout with Palestinian militias, in addition to 13 Palestinians injured.
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 in Esplanade of mosques in Jerusalem.
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