Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral was violent, and clashes between the army and some who wanted to attend the Mass and funeral of a Palestinian journalist for Al-Jazzera television, who was murdered in the West Bank on Wednesday. Shireen Abu Akleh is buried in Jerusalem. The United States has already offered to help investigate the death of a journalist who had dual citizenship: Palestinian and American.
The violence began as soon as the urn left a hospital in West Jerusalem. Hundreds of people were present, and many took part in clashes with the Israeli army, blaming those who came to pay their last respects to Shireen Abu Akleh.
The embarrassment was so great that at some point the men carrying the coffin let it fall for a moment. The family was then allowed to carry the body in the car.
The reporter is buried in Jerusalem, the Christian cemetery where his parents are.
Thousands of Palestinians attended the ceremonies.
The Israeli government has called for a joint investigation with the Palestinian Authority. On the Palestinian side, the answer was no and a guarantee that the findings and evidence will be sent directly to the International Criminal Court.
Jerusalem says Shireen Abu Akleh at the time of the shooting was less than 200 meters from the scene of a fierce exchange of fire between the army and Palestinian snipers, and that without a bullet analysis it is impossible to know who fired it.
The television network Al Jazerra, for whom Abu Akleh had worked since 1997, accused the Israeli army of deliberately killing him.
The journalist regularly covered the Middle East conflict and became known throughout the region after handling hundreds of reports and directing another intifada, the Palestinian armed uprising against Israel, between 2000 and 2005.