Secretary General UN Antonio Guterres “deeply disturbed” by the violence Israel towards citizens Palestine during the funeral procession for veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
“Deeply disturbed by the confrontation between Israeli security forces and Palestinians gathered at St Joseph’s Hospital, and the behavior of some of the policemen who were present at the scene,” Guterres spokesman Farhan Haq said. AFPSaturday (14/5).
Haq said Guterres continued to urge respect for fundamental human rights, including the rights to freedom of opinion and expression and to peaceful assembly.
Israeli police storm a crowd of mourners waving Palestinian flags as Abu Akleh’s coffin leaves St Joseph’s hospital in east Jerusalem, Israeli-annexed territory.
In a live video uploaded by Al Jazeera’s Twitter account @AJEnglish on Friday night, Israeli troops were seen beating a number of Palestinians who were lifting Abu Akleh’s coffin.
“Israeli occupation forces attack Palestinians during funeral of slain Al Jazeera journalist,” the account posted.
In fact, Al Jazeera also reported that the Israeli army asked whether the people present were Christians or Muslims.
“If you are Muslim, you are not allowed to enter,” added the same post.
Israel forbids the Palestinian flag from being flown in public and routinely intervenes against those parading it during demonstrations or other gatherings.
Israeli police claimed they had warned those present at the funeral to stop the “nationalistic” songs. The Palestinians were forced to act as “violent rioters trying to disrupt the proper course of the funeral.”
Israel and Palestine blame each other for the fatal shooting of Abu Akleh during the Israeli attack on Jenin on Wednesday (11/5).
The Israeli army claims an interim investigation was unable to determine who fired the fatal bullet.
They blamed Palestinian stray fire or Israeli sniper fire aimed at the militants as possible causes.
Meanwhile, Al Jazeera said Israel killed Abu Akleh “on purpose” and “in cold blood”.
Abu Akleh was shot and killed while covering the Israeli military operation in Jenin City, West Bank, last Wednesday (11/5). Many Palestinians were willing to attend the journalist’s funeral to pay their respects.
A number of eyewitnesses said Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli troops. Not only that, the video shows shots being fired as other journalists at the scene tried to help Abu Akleh.
As reported CNNAbu Akleh was born in Jerusalem in 1971. He was born into a Palestinian Christian family originally from Bethlehem.