- Israeli forces assault a crowd of mourners carrying the coffin of Shireen Abu Akleh before a funeral in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.
- Thousands of Palestinians gathered to attend the funeral ceremonies, before Abu Uqla was transferred to the Protestant Mount Zion Cemetery, where she will be buried with her late parents in the next few hours.
- The body of Abu Akleh was taken from Jenin, where she was shot dead by Israeli forces on Wednesday, to Jerusalem via Nablus and Ramallah in a procession in which the Palestinians offered their condolences.
- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said he will take Abu Uqla’s case to the International Criminal Court in an effort to achieve justice for the veteran reporter, who joined Al Jazeera in 1997 and has been an icon in Palestine and the wider Arab world.
A number of them were arrested for raising the Palestinian flag
Imran Khan, Al-Jazeera correspondent, reported that Israeli forces arrested at least four mourners, including at least two, for raising the Palestinian flag in occupied East Jerusalem.
“Two men were arrested for actually raising the Palestinian flag,” he said. “This is actually illegal under Israeli law.”
Human rights lawyer: Abu Aqla’s killing a ‘slap to the world’
The Palestinian human rights lawyer, Diana Bhutto, described the killing of Abu Akleh as “a blow to the world.”
Her killing was “a blow to the world internationally, it’s a blow to us nationally, and it’s a blow to me personally,” she said.
She said, “It has entered the hearts of every Palestinian, and I dare say every Arab family because of its impact on the reports in the way it has returned to the brutal reality of the Israeli occupation.”
Shireen is not the first journalist to be murdered by Israel, and I fear she will not be the last either. Now is the time for accountability and we must demand that Israel be held accountable because Israel is responsible.
Abu Akleh’s niece: Israel “is still trying to silence her”
Lina Abu Okla, Abu Okla’s niece, said Israeli forces were “still trying to silence” her aunt and mourners who had gathered for the funeral.
“Even the funeral in our country in Palestine does not go smoothly, unfortunately there were several Israeli checkpoints on the way to the hospital that prevent cars from reaching the hospital, and they also limit the number of cars that can reach the Jaffa Gate next to,” she told Al Jazeera.
She said: “This shows that although they silenced her by assassinating her, they are still trying to silence people and prevent them from being with us, offering their love and support for her, and honoring her legacy during this terrible tragedy.” .
Lina Abu Akleh spoke to Al Jazeera shortly before Israeli forces beat mourners who were trying to escort Abu Akle’s body from the hospital to the funeral.
Priest: His father will have an “impact all over the world”
A Christian priest who will attend Shireen Abu Okla’s funeral told Al Jazeera before the ceremony that it “will have an impact all over the world.”
“We do not believe in the love of power, but rather we believe in the power of love,” Father Fadi Diab, who will hold the funeral, told Al Jazeera.
Thousands of mourners gathered at the Cathedral of the Annunciation in occupied East Jerusalem to attend the funeral.
Fadi Diab said, “No one can compare the Palestinian cause with any other violence in the world or any other war because any nation that fought a war still has its identity and land, but we lost our land and our identity.”
Abu Aqla’s body arrives at the church
Abu Akle’s body arrived at the Cathedral of the Annunciation in occupied East Jerusalem.
This came after the Israeli forces attacked mourners who tried to escort Abu Akle’s body to the church.
They wanted to walk her body
Al-Jazeera TV channel Imran Khan, which was broadcast from East Jerusalem, said that the Israeli forces targeted the mourners because they did not want them to walk with Abu Aqla’s coffin.
“What happens is that there was some pressure and motivation between the Israeli army and the people who wanted to take Shirin’s body to the church,” he said.
They wanted to walk her body. They did not want to ride in cars that the Israeli army said were not allowed.”
Israeli security forces beat mourners
Israeli security forces beat mourners when they began removing the coffin of Abu Akleh from the French St. Louis Hospital in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.
Commenting on the attack, Al Jazeera’s Marwan Bishara said, “Why does this require this kind of violence?”
Abu Okla and the journalists who were shot dead by the occupation forces
Israeli forces have killed at least 45 journalists since 2000, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Information.
The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate estimated the death toll at 55.
Press freedom advocates have long said that Israel acts with impunity when it comes to targeting journalists. In April, three organizations filed a complaint about the killing and maiming of two media workers with the International Criminal Court.
Read more here about the journalists who were killed while covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel “investigated with a soldier” into the killing of journalist Abu Okla
The Israeli military is increasingly accepting the possibility that one of its soldiers killed veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, with reports emerging that Israel is investigating the possibility that one of its soldiers may have been shot during a raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.
Acknowledging that an Israeli soldier may be responsible is evidence that the Israelis are reversing their initial position that Palestinian fighters in Jenin killed Abu Aqla.
And sources in the Israeli army told the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post that Israel is conducting an investigation into the killing of Abu Okla.
Read more here.
Funeral will take place in Abu Okla’s hometown in Jerusalem
A three-day memorial procession, which began on Wednesday, when Al-Jazeera correspondent Abu Akle was shot dead by Israeli forces while covering a raid on the Jenin refugee camp, will culminate on Friday with a funeral in her hometown of Jerusalem.
It is expected that Friday’s activities will begin with a procession from the French St. Louis Hospital in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, where Abu Akle’s body remained throughout the night, to Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, where the funeral will be held in the afternoon. Annunciation Cathedral.
Abu Uqla, who was killed at age 51, will be buried alongside her parents in the nearby Protestant Mount Zion Cemetery.
Read more here.