- Israeli forces beat a crowd of mourners carrying the coffin of Shireen Abu Akleh ahead of the funeral in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.
- Thousands of Palestinians gathered for the funeral service, before Abu Akleh was taken to the Mount Zion Protestant Cemetery, where she will be buried alongside her deceased parents in the coming hours.
- Abu Akleh’s body was transported from Jenin, where she was killed by Israeli forces on Wednesday, to Jerusalem via Nablus and Ramallah, in a procession where Palestinians paid their respects.
- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would take Abu Akleh’s case to the International Criminal Court in a bid to seek justice for the veteran journalist, who joined Al Jazeera in 1997 and was a icon in Palestine and the wider Arab world.
Abu Akleh’s niece: Israel ‘always tries to silence her’
Abu Akleh’s niece, Lina Abu Akleh, said Israeli forces were “still trying to silence” her aunt and the mourners gathered for the funeral.
“Even a funeral in our country in Palestine does not go peacefully, unfortunately there were several Israeli checkpoints on the way to the hospital prohibiting cars from reaching the hospital, they also limit the number of cars that can reach Jaffa Gate next to the church,” she told Al Jazeera.
“It shows that even though they silenced her by murdering her, they are still trying to silence and stop people from being with us, giving her their love and support and honoring her legacy during this horrific tragedy,” she said. .
Lina Abu Akleh spoke to Al Jazeera shortly before Israeli forces beat mourners who tried to accompany Abu Akleh’s body from the hospital to the funeral.
Priest: Abu Akleh will have “influence around the world”
A Christian priest who will attend Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral told Al Jazeera ahead of the ceremony that she “will have an influence all over the world”.
“We don’t believe in the love of power, we believe in the power of love,” Father Fadi Diab, who will lead the funeral, told Al Jazeera.
Thousands of mourners gathered at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Virgin in occupied East Jerusalem for the funeral.
“No one can compare the Palestinian case to any other violence in the world or any other war because any nation that had a war still has its identity, its land but we have lost our land, our identity,” Fadi said. Diab.
Abu Akleh’s body arrives at the church
A hearse carrying the body of Abu Akleh arrived at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Virgin in occupied East Jerusalem.
The arrival followed the attack by Israeli forces on mourners trying to accompany the body of Abu Akleh to the church.
“They wanted to walk with his body”
East Jerusalem reporter, Al Jazeera Imran Khan said Israeli forces targeted mourners because they did not want them to walk with Abu Akleh’s coffin.
“What is happening is that there was a scuffle between the Israeli army and the people who wanted to take Shireen’s body to the church,” he said.
“They wanted to walk with his body. They didn’t want to get in the cars, the Israeli army said they weren’t allowed.
Israeli security forces beat mourners
Israeli security forces beat mourners as they began moving Abu Akleh’s coffin from the French St Louis Hospital in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.
Al Jazeera’s Marwan Bishara, commenting on the attack, said “why does it require this kind of violence?”
Abu Akleh and journalists killed by Israeli forces
At least 45 journalists have been killed by Israeli forces since 2000, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Information.
The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate puts the death toll higher at 55 killed.
Press freedom advocates have long said that Israel acts with impunity when it comes to targeting journalists. In April, three organizations filed a complaint for murder and maiming of media workers with the International Criminal Court.
Learn more here about journalists killed while covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel ‘soldier investigating’ murder of journalist Abu Akleh
The Israeli army is increasingly accepting the possibility that one of its soldiers killed veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, with reports that Israel is investigating the likelihood that one of its soldiers shot him during a raid in the occupied city of Jenin in the West Bank.
The admission that an Israeli soldier might be responsible is proof that the Israelis are backtracking from their original position that Palestinian fighters in Jenin were likely to have killed Abu Akleh.
Israel is investigating the killing of Abu Akleh, IDF sources told The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post newspapers.
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The funeral will take place in Jerusalem, the birthplace of Abu Akleh
A three-day memorial procession, which began on Wednesday when Al Jazeera journalist Abu Akleh was shot dead by Israeli forces while covering a raid on Jenin refugee camp, will end on Friday with a funeral in his hometown of Jerusalem.
Friday’s events are set to begin with a procession from St Louis French Hospital in occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where Abu Akleh’s body lay overnight, to Jaffa Gate in the Old city of Jerusalem, where a funeral service will be held in the afternoon at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Virgin.
Abu Akleh, who was killed aged 51, will later be buried next to her parents at nearby Mount Zion Protestant Cemetery.
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