At Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral, scenes of grief as Israeli police beat mourners

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By Ruby Mellen | May 13, 2022

Mourners carry the casket of Shireen Abu Akleh during a procession before her funeral in the Old City of Jerusalem.

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It was, for so many, a day of solemn mourning. On Friday, large crowds flooded East Jerusalem to witness the funeral procession that carried Shireen Abu Akleh (slain Palestinian American journalist) to her final resting spot.

Abu Akleh, who was shot dead Wednesday while covering an Israeli military raid in the West Bank, was known throughout the region as a veteran newscaster for Al Jazeera’s Arabic-language news channel.

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But Israeli police moved in as confusion broke out over whether she’d be transported from the hospital to a church in a hearse or on shoulders. The police beat the mourners and took them into custody.

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Steve Hendrix

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Steve Hendrix

Israeli police arrest a man.

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Israeli police set off stun grenades and beat mourners with batons.

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Ammar Awad/Reuters

Eventually, the battered casket was taken by a procession to the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Virgin in Jerusalem’s Old City, where followers packed the ancient streets and weeping admirers took photos and looked on.

Rima Baqleh, a sociologist from Jerusalem, attended the same church as Abu Akleh.

“This is the least I can do — participate in the funeral of this iconic woman who has changed the history of Palestine,” she told The Washington Post.

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A woman mourns during Abu Akleh’s funeral.

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Steve Hendrix and Sufian Taha contributed to this report.

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