International condemnations and sharp criticism of the brutal actions of the Israeli army during the funeral of Shirin Abu Akleh

14 May, 2022
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International condemnations and sharp criticism of the brutal actions of the Israeli army during the funeral of Shirin Abu Akleh

Several Arab and Western countries condemned the brutal actions of the Israeli police forces, yesterday, Friday, during the funeral of the Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to her final resting place.

The Red Cross in Jerusalem announced that 33 people were injured during the violence that took place at the funeral, while there were 6 arrests. Angry international reactions continued, denouncing the police's beating on the mourners of Abu Aqila's funeral in Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the "brutal attack committed by the occupation police and forces on the coffin of the martyr Sherine Abu Akleh and the citizens who carry it," describing the attack as "organized state terrorism that not only executed the martyr in cold blood, but chased her body until she was buried", and that Israel is "a democratic state." The only one” who is afraid of a coffin raised on the hands.

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

Jordan condemned "in the strongest terms the inhuman and abhorrent Israeli aggression" against the mourners of the journalist's body.

The Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it strongly condemns the Israeli police's ban on the release of Shireen Abu Akleh's body from the hospital and the suppression of the funeral procession, stressing that "the occupation authorities were not satisfied with killing Shireen in cold blood, but continued to terrorize civilians and participants in the funeral."

For its part, the White House said that the images of the Israeli police attacking Palestinians carrying the coffin of Shireen Abu Akleh, are extremely disturbing, and that they cannot justify these actions.

The French embassy in Israel said: "We are very upset about the violence practiced by the Israeli police during Abu Akleh's funeral in the French hospital in Jerusalem, which enjoys French protection. Scenes like these are very shocking."

The European Union expressed its “dismay” at the “useless use of force” by the Israeli forces during the funeral. The funeral ceremony," adding that it was "a disproportionate behavior that would inflame tensions."

Reporters Without Borders also stressed that the Israeli forces' attacks on Abu Akleh's funeral were condemned, shocking, and unacceptable, calling for an immediate international investigation into the circumstances of her death.

US Senator Chris Murphy said that the attack on Abu Akleh's coffin is horrific, adding: "We will work to hold those behind it accountable," and that his team is asking for answers about what happened.

The American delegate to the United Nations, Linda Thomas, condemned the incident, saying that she feels great pain over the pictures that appeared during Abu Aqila's funeral, and the tragedy of her killing must be dealt with with the utmost respect and sobriety.

For his part, British MP Sam Tarry said that Israel not only assassinated Abu Akleh, but also struck its mourners in a horrific scene. He stressed the importance of holding Israel accountable.

British MP Kim Ledbetter said that the scenes of assault on the participants in Abu Akleh's funeral are outrageous, despicable and unforgivable.

As for the President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Roberto Fico, he stressed that the funeral witnessed shameful moments and an attack on her coffin, and the fact that she was killed must be clarified.

The Scottish parliamentarian, Monica Lennon, confirmed that what happened at the funeral was "vile and inhuman," adding that the video clip clearly shows the Israeli police violently beating the coffin bearers, causing the coffin to slide and almost fall to the ground.

Israeli soldiers attacked young men and men who were carrying Abu Akleh’s coffin to take it from the French hospital in East Jerusalem to the church where the prayer was held, apparently in an attempt to remove Palestinian flags that some were carrying, and it seemed for a moment that the coffin would fall to the ground.

Sherine Abu Akleh, Al-Jazeera correspondent, was shot dead in Jenin on Wednesday, knowing that she was wearing a bullet-proof vest with the "press" logo and a protective helmet.

Qatar's Al-Jazeera channel accused the Israeli forces of "deliberately" and "cold-blooded" killing the journalist.

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