The international community denounced, Friday, May 13, the intervention of the Israeli police at the funeral of Shireen Abu Akleh. As the coffin was removed from St. Joseph’s Hospital in East Jerusalem, police broke into the facility and attempted to disperse a crowd with Palestinian flags. The coffin of the American-Palestinian journalist almost fell to the ground after the beatings of the truncheons against the carriers.
US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said in a statement that the United States has been “deeply disturbed to see the images of the Israeli police intrusion into the funeral procession” from the Al Jazeera reporter. A statement consistent with that of the White House. “We have all seen these images, they are deeply disturbing”said his spokeswoman Jen Psaki. “We deplore the intrusion into what should have been a calm procession”, she added. Unlike the European Union, the spokesperson for the American executive refrained from denouncing the use of disproportionate force by the Israeli security forces during the funeral.
Unanimous position of the Security Council
A little later, on Friday, the UN Security Council, in a unanimous statement, “strongly condemns the May 11 murder of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and the wounding of another journalist in the West Bank city of Jenin”. Initiated by the United States, this very rare unanimous position of the Security Council on a subject concerning Israel demands “an immediate, thorough, transparent and impartial investigation”. She points out “the need to guarantee accountability” of its author(s).
On Saturday May 14, Hussein al-Sheikh, a tenor from the Palestinian Authority, declared, on Twitter, “welcome the participation of all international bodies in the investigation into the assassination of Shireen Abu Akleh”. Before adding: “What happened at the funeral (…) reinforces our position that rejects Israel’s participation in the investigation. » Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has indeed refused a joint investigation with Israel.