The Israeli Public Security Minister, Omer Bar Lev, has ordered this Saturday to open an investigation into the brutal intervention of the Israeli Police against those attending the funeral of the Palestinian journalist Shirin Abu Aklewho died after receiving a head shot when covering clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the West Bank.
“The Israel Police will investigate what happened during the funeral. The Israel Police supports its officers, but as a professional organization that tries to learn and improve, it will also draw conclusions from the incident,” the Police said in a statement collected by The newspaper. Times ofIsrael.
Israeli police on Friday charged the attendees to the funeral for confiscate palestinian flagsbanned in Israel, during the massive funeral procession of the journalist in Jerusalem. The agents attacked the attendees and unbalanced those who were carrying the coffin, which was about to fall.
Six Palestinians were arrested during the funeral and Israeli policemen carried out charges and used stun grenades because, they say, the coffin was stolen in a riot when “hundreds of rioters tried to sabotage” the event by taking the coffin on foot through an unauthorized route. This intervention has been highly criticized internationally, especially by the United Nations, the United States and the European Union.
For the time being, Israel has admitted the possibility that the journalist died from a shot fired by own forcesbut has explained that he cannot reach any conclusion without the bullet that killed the reporter, in the possession of the Palestinian Prosecutor’s Office.
The Palestinian Authority reported this Saturday that there could be “participation” of international organizations in the investigation and has rejected any option for Israel to join it.