Palestinian-American reporter killed for burial, Israel plans extra settlements

Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akle might be buried along with her dad and mom in a cemetery close to Jerusalem’s Previous Metropolis on Friday, two days after she was killed in an Israeli military raid.

The physique of the Palestinian-American was faraway from the occupied West Financial institution, and her funeral might be held in a church in Jerusalem.

Israel and Palestine traded blame for the killing of Abu Oqla, 51, a journalist for the Qatar-based community’s Arab Service, throughout clashes within the Jenin refugee camp.

America, the European Union and the United Nations have backed requires a full investigation into what Al Jazeera known as a “cold-blooded” premeditated killing, however the Palestinian Authority has refused to conduct a joint investigation with Israel.

And in a sign of Abu Aqla’s fame, she was given what was described as an entire monument to the state on the compound of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Thursday, within the presence of officers, overseas diplomats, and a lot of mourners.

“Her voice has entered each house and her loss is a wound in our hearts,” mourner Hadeel Hamdan mentioned.

1000’s lined the highway as her coffin was draped in a Palestinian flag throughout the West Financial institution metropolis, the place a road might be renamed in her honor.

Many carried flowers, wreaths and images of the murdered journalist, who was broadly praised for her braveness and professionalism in her protection of the battle.

Sister of all Palestinians

“This crime should not go unpunished,” Abbas mentioned throughout the memorial ceremony, including that the Palestinian Authority held Israel “totally accountable” for her demise.

Instantly after the capturing, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett mentioned it was “seemingly” that Abu Okla had been killed by stray Palestinian fireplace.

However just a few hours later, Israeli Protection Minister Benny Gantz mentioned it might have been “the Palestinians who shot her” or fired “from our aspect”.

Whereas reporting in Jenin, Abu Aqle wore a flak jacket emblazoned with the phrase “press” in addition to a helmet.

On a go to to Tehran, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, blamed the “Israeli occupation forces” for the “heinous crime”.

Grief over Abu Okla’s killing has unfold past Palestine, with protests erupting in Turkey, Sudan and elsewhere.

“She was the sister of all of the Palestinians,” her brother, Anton Abu Akleh, advised AFP.

Mourner Tariq Ahmed, 45, who wears a Palestinian scarf, described the demise as “a tragedy for the complete nation,” noting his unhappiness at what he felt at Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s funeral.

“I’ve not felt this ache since Arafat’s demise,” Ahmed mentioned.

Ibrahim Abu Allan, 52, attended the memorial ceremony in his wheelchair, having traveled from the southern West Financial institution.

“The highway was troublesome, however Shireen deserved to say goodbye,” he mentioned.

There is no such thing as a frequent probe

The coffin of Abu Okla, a Palestinian Christian born in Israel-annexed East Jerusalem, started his journey to Jerusalem by beating the drums of a reside band, as protesters chanted slogans calling for an finish to Palestinian safety cooperation with Israel.

Israel has publicly known as for a joint investigation and pressured the necessity to hand over the deadly bullet to the Palestinian authorities for forensic examination.

However Abbas mentioned the proposal was rejected.

The European Union urged an “unbiased” investigation whereas the US demanded a “clear investigation” into the killing, calls echoed by UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

“The Palestinian investigation will finish independently,” mentioned Hussein al-Sheikh, a Palestinian Authority official who’s near Abbas.

A preliminary post-mortem and forensic medical examination have been performed in Nablus, within the occupied West Financial institution, hours after her demise.

new jewish settlements

In a transfer more likely to additional inflame tensions within the West Financial institution, Israel on Thursday introduced plans to construct 4,427 properties for Jewish settlers.

Some 475,000 settlers already reside within the West Financial institution, together with 2.7 million Palestinians, in communities broadly thought of unlawful below worldwide legislation.

The settlement watchdog Peace Now warned in opposition to the announcement “deepening the occupation,” whereas right-wing Inside Minister Ayelet Shaked, a member of Bennett’s Yamina nationwide spiritual get together, hailed a “day of celebration of the settler motion.”

Tensions have already escalated with a wave of assaults which have killed not less than 18 folks in Israel since March 22, together with an Arab Israeli police officer and two Ukrainians.

And 31 Palestinians and three Israeli Arabs have been killed throughout the identical interval, in accordance with an AFP depend, together with the perpetrators of the assaults and people killed by Israeli safety forces in operations within the West Financial institution.


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