- by theguardian
- 19 May 2022
Joe Biden's secretary of state has issued a statement condemning Israeli forces for their attack hours earlier on the funeral procession in Jerusalem of a Palestinian American journalist who was shot and killed this week.
"We are deeply troubled by the images of Israeli police intruding into the funeral procession of Palestinian American Shireen Abu Aqleh," Antony Blinken's statement on his official Twitter account read. "Every family deserves to lay their loved ones to rest in a dignified and unimpeded manner."
Blinken's brief statement came after television cameras captured police in Israel storming Abu Aqleh's funeral procession.
Dozens of Palestinians were packed around the coffin, some waving Palestinian flags and chanting, "with our soul and blood we will redeem you Shireen".
When they began walking toward the gates of St Joseph's hospital, Israeli police officers, in an apparent attempt to stop them proceeding by foot rather than taking the coffin by car, burst through the courtyard gates and charged at the crowd. Some beat pallbearers with batons and kicked them.
At one point the group carrying her coffin backed against a wall and almost dropped the casket, recovering it just before one end hit the ground as stun grenades detonated.
The violent scenes, which lasted only minutes, added to Palestinian outrage over Abu Akleh's killing, which has threatened to fuel violence that has surged since March.
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