- Israeli forces beat a crowd of mourners carrying the coffin of Shireen Abu Akleh ahead of the funeral in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.
- Thousands of Palestinians have gathered for the funeral service before Abu Akleh is taken to Mount Zion’s Protestant cemetery, where she will be buried next to her deceased parents in the next few hours.
- The body of Abu Akleh was carried from Jenin, where it was killed by Israeli forces on Wednesday, to Jerusalem via Nablus and Ramallah in a procession attended by Palestinians.
- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would take Abu Akleh’s case to the International Criminal Court to seek justice for the veteran reporter who joined Al Jazeera in 1997 and was an icon in Palestine and across the Arab world.
Abu Akleh’s niece: Israel ‘still trying to silence her’
Abu Akleh’s niece, Lina Abu Akleh, said Israeli forces were still trying to silence her aunt and the mourners who had gathered for the funeral.
“Even a funeral in our country in Palestine is not peaceful, unfortunately there were several Israeli checkpoints on the way to the hospital, prohibiting cars from reaching the hospital, also limiting the number of cars entering the Jaffa Gate next to the church,” she told Al Jazeera.
“This shows that even though they have silenced her by killing her, they are still trying to silence and stop people from being with us, bringing her their love, support and legacy during this horrific time to honor tragedy,” she said.
Lina Abu Akleh spoke to Al Jazeera just before Israeli forces beat mourners trying to escort Abu Akleh’s body from the hospital to the burial.
Priest: Abu Akleh will have “influence all over the world.”
A Christian priestess who will attend Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral told Al Jazeera ahead of the ceremony that she would “make an impact around the world.”
“We don’t believe in the love of power, we believe in the power of love,” Father Fadi Diab, who will conduct the funeral, told Al Jazeera.
Thousands of mourners gathered for the funeral at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in occupied East Jerusalem.
“No one can compare the Palestinian case to any other violence in the world or any other war, because every nation that has had a war still has its identity, its country, but we have lost our country, our identity,” Fadi said diabetic
Abu Akleh’s body arrives at the church
A hearse carrying Abu Akleh’s body has arrived at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in occupied East Jerusalem.
The arrival followed Israeli forces who attacked mourners attempting to escort Abu Akleh’s body to the church.
“They wanted to go with their bodies”
Al Jazeera Imran Khan, reporting from East Jerusalem, said Israeli forces targeted mourners because they didn’t want them to walk with Abu Akleh’s coffin.
“What’s going on is that there was some jostling and jostling between the Israeli army and the people who were going to bring Shireen’s body to the church,” he said.
“They wanted to go with their bodies. They didn’t want to get into the cars, which the Israeli army said weren’t allowed.”
Israeli security forces beat mourners
Israeli security forces beat mourners as they began moving Abu Akleh’s coffin from the St. Louis French Hospital in the occupied east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
Commenting on the attack, Al Jazeera’s Marwan Bishara said: “Why does this require this kind of violence?”
Abu Akleh and the journalists killed by Israeli forces
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Information, at least 45 journalists have been killed by Israeli forces since 2000.
The Palestinian Union of Journalists put the death toll at 55.
Press freedom advocates have long said that Israel acts with impunity when it comes to targeting journalists. In April, three organizations filed complaints with the International Criminal Court alleging the killing and maiming of media workers.
Read more about the journalists killed while covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict here.
Israel’s “soldier investigating” in the murder of journalist Abu Akleh
The Israeli military is increasingly accepting the possibility that one of its soldiers killed veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, with reports surfacing that Israel is investigating the likelihood that one of its soldiers killed her during a raid on the occupied West Bank city of Jenin shot.
The admission that an Israeli soldier could be responsible is evidence that the Israelis are receding from their original position that Palestinian militants in Jenin were likely to have killed Abu Akleh.
Israel is conducting an investigation into the assassination of Abu Akleh, Israeli army sources told the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post newspapers.
Read more here.
Burial in Abu Akleh’s hometown of Jerusalem
A three-day memorial procession that began on Wednesday when Al Jazeera journalist Abu Akleh was fatally shot by Israeli forces while covering a raid on the Jenin refugee camp will culminate with a funeral in her hometown of Jerusalem on Friday.
Friday’s events are expected to begin with a procession from the St. Louis French Hospital in the squatted Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem, where Abu Akleh’s body remained overnight, to the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, where a funeral service will be held in the afternoon Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Virgin.
Abu Akleh, who was killed at the age of 51, will then be buried next to her parents in the nearby Mount Zion Protestant Cemetery.
Read more here.