Israeli police will investigate 'events' surrounding funeral of Palestinian journalist: Minister

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Jerusalem (CNN)Israeli constabulary accidental they volition clasp an probe "into the events that ensued during the funeral" procession of Al Jazeera writer Shireen Abu Akleh connected Friday.

"Unfortunately, during the people of the funeral, terrible convulsive events unfolded connected the portion of those participating that worsened the concern connected the ground," Israeli Minister of Public Security Omer Bar-Lev said successful a connection to CNN.

"The investigative squad appointed by Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai and headed by Brigadier General Anna Ben Mordechai -- a seasoned commandant who is acquainted with the country successful which the ceremonial took spot -- volition clasp a broad probe into what happened during the ceremonial implicit the adjacent day, successful bid to nutrient lessons from the incident. These lessons volition beryllium presented to the constabulary commissioner and past to me," helium added.

    Israeli constabulary came nether disapproval pursuing Friday's procession, successful which television footage showed officers striking mourners with batons, forcibly taking down Palestinian flags, and arresting individuals carrying the flag. One video released by the Israeli constabulary shows officers ripping Palestinian flags disconnected the hearse carrying Abu Akleh's coffin.

      Family and friends transportation  the coffin of Al Jazeera newsman  Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed during an Israeli raid successful  Jenin successful  the occupied West Bank, arsenic  clashes erupt with Israeli information    forces, during her ceremonial   successful  Jerusalem connected  May 13.

      The Jerusalem Magistrate Court ruled successful September 2021 that flying the Palestinian emblem is not a transgression discourtesy successful Israel. Nevertheless, CNN witnessed the apprehension of astatine slightest 2 individuals carrying a emblem during Abu Akleh's procession.

      "Flying the Palestinian emblem does not represent an discourtesy nether Israeli law," Israeli Knesset subordinate Ahmad Tibi told CNN connected Friday.

      "When Omer Bar-Lev was appointed arsenic Israel's Public Security Minister, helium issued a directive limiting confiscation of Palestinian flags from demonstrators to cases wherever determination is an contiguous hazard of disturbance of the peace. But what the constabulary are doing straight opposes the minister's orders...What we spot is flag-phobia of the Palestinian flag," helium added.

        When asked by CNN to clarify the crushed for the taking down of Palestinian flags and the apprehension of individuals carrying the flag, Israel's constabulary unit responded with a statement, which was besides shared publically connected its Twitter account.

        Thousands mourn slain writer  Shireen Abu Akleh arsenic  Palestinians telephone  for accountability

        "Israel Police prepared yesterday to facilitate a calm and dignified ceremonial for writer Shireen Abu Akleh and had coordinated the ceremonial arrangements with her family. Unfortunately, hundreds of rioters tried to sabotage the ceremonial and harm the police," work the statement.

        "Israel Police supports its constabulary officers, but arsenic a nonrecreational enactment that seeks to larn and improve, it volition besides gully lessons from the incident," it added.

        On Friday, mourners carried Abu Akleh's coffin retired of the St. Joseph infirmary successful East Jerusalem, wherever her assemblage remained until the burial, but were met with beardown absorption from Israeli constabulary who compelled them to transport the assemblage by car. A flash weaponry and teardrop state were fired, according to CNN reporters.

        The 51-year-old Palestinian-American Al Jazeera writer was a salient dependable crossed the Arab world, delivering what galore said was "the dependable of Palestinian suffering" and their "aspirations of freedom."

        Shireen Abu Akleh's niece, Lareen, 19,  astatine  her aunt's ceremonial   procession successful  Jerusalem. Her poster reads: "Shireen Abu Akleh, an icon of journalism and of escaped  speech". Lareen is an aspiring journalist.

        "She made a immense interaction connected Palestine and each the people. She near her fingerprint connected everyone's heart," Lareen Abu Akleh, Shireen's niece told CNN.

        Nafisa Khwais, a Palestinian pistillate who considered herself a parent fig to Shireen, told CNN that she had spent each nighttime astatine the ceremonial location wherever radical came to mourn the seasoned journalist.

        "Shireen is my daughter. Her parents died, but we are each her parents. We are each her family," Khwais said.

        "Two weeks ago, she hid maine down her backmost erstwhile clashes erupted by Damascus Gate, and said to me: 'Mother, travel here. I'm truthful disquieted astir you' and handed maine a vessel of water. I loved Shireen. She was the dependable of each Palestinians," she said.

        Nafisa Khwais, 63, sits extracurricular  Shireen Abu Akleh's location  successful  Ramallah wherever  mourners person  gathered.

        Friday's events prompted planetary reactions by assorted officials who said they were "shocked" by what they had seen.

        "We were profoundly troubled by the images of Israeli constabulary intruding into the ceremonial procession of Palestinian American Shireen Abu Akleh. Every household deserves to laic their loved ones to remainder successful a dignified and unimpeded manner," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said successful a station connected Twitter connected Friday.

        A elder State Department authoritative said aboriginal that Blinken had spoken to the journalist's household and expressed his condolences portion en way to an informal gathering of NATO overseas ministers successful Berlin, Germany.

          Blinken offered "his heavy condolences for their loss," the authoritative said. Blinken besides offered the continued enactment of the State Department squad successful Jerusalem to their household and noted the value of a escaped and autarkic press, the authoritative said.

          Norway's Ambassador to Israel, Kåre R. Aas, said successful a tweet that helium was "shocked by the convulsive behaviour of Israeli constabulary forces during the ceremonial procession" adding that "such disproportionate unit is inappropriate and unacceptable."

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