The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has asked this Friday to investigate the action of the Israeli Police against those attending the funeral of the Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, shot to the head on Wednesday while covering an Israel Army raid.
“I don’t have all the details, but I know it has to be investigated”the president told the press when asked if he condemned the police action at the funeral of the veteran Al Jazeera journalist.
Previously, the White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, had described in her daily press conference as “disturbing” images of the funeral.
“We regret the intrusion of what should have been a peaceful procession. We have asked for respect for the funeral procession and the family,” Psaki said.
The funeral was held this Friday in East Jerusalem with thousands of attendees and a strong Israeli security device, which charged the Palestinians for displaying their flagssomething that the Israeli security forces consider an incitement to violence.
The blows of the Police against the group that left the hospital carrying the coffin on their shoulders almost caused the coffin to fall of the journalist.
US offers support to investigate death
Akleh, identified as a press officer and wearing a vest and helmet, was shot in the face last Wednesday while covering a raid by the Israeli Army. in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bankwhere Israel has intensified its “counterterrorism” operations in recent weeks with about fifty deaths.
The initial investigation by the Israeli Armed Forces concluded that “it is not possible to unequivocally determine the origin of the shot” that killed her.
Israel insists that in order to determine what happened, a “professional ballistic examination” of the bullet is necessary that killed the reporter, something that is in the hands of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), who was in charge of carrying out the autopsy and has promised an “exhaustive and transparent” investigation into what happened.
The Arab League and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, have held Israel directly responsible for his death, something that the Al Jazeera chain and eyewitnesses to the events also did.
The United States has offered this Friday support to the Israeli and Palestinian authorities to investigate the death of the journalist, who also had American nationality.
Guterres demands respect for freedom of expression and assembly
“We have engaged with them and offered them support. If they need our specific support, we will provide it,” Psaki said.
On the other hand, the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, has criticized this Friday the actions of “some policemen” Israelis during Akleh’s funeral and has demanded respect for freedom of expression and assembly.
Through a spokesman, Guterres declared himself “deeply affected by the clashes between Israeli and Palestinian security forces gathered at Saint Joseph’s Hospital and by the behavior of some police officers present at the scene.”
The head of the United Nations has also called for “respect for fundamental human rights, including the rights to freedom of opinion and expression and to peaceful assembly,” spokesman Farhan Haq said in a brief statement.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.