Palestinian mob prevents hearse from receiving body of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh
PA TV reporter:
“For half an hour there is strong opposition to the removal of [Shireen Abu Akleh’s] body except by foot. The hearse is waiting for the transfer, so dozens of those who managed to get here refuse to permit it [to pass]…
Tell me about what's happening now.
Member of the National Action Committee in Jerusalem Ahmed Al-Safadi: The [Arab] residents of Jerusalem want Shireen Abu Akleh to be carried [on shoulders] out of respect, as she was carried on shoulders in Jenin, Nablus, and Ramallah. The young people of Jerusalem, despite all the interference, want to carry her.
PA TV reporter: Here is her brother.
Al-Safadi: [The Israeli Police] scare the residents of Jerusalem, so that she will be taken by car. But there are suggestions that she will be taken in a hearse slowly beside the young men and women of Jerusalem. I think this is a good suggestion, that half of [the procession] should be by car and half by foot, so that all parties are satisfied…
Mob forces hearse to go back - preventing funeral as planned
PA TV reporter: There is rage among those who managed to get here among the Jerusalem residents. There is a firm refusal to transfer her by hearse. The hearse was [forced] away a short time ago, and it was prevented from transferring her, and [people] insist on transferring her on [their] shoulders...
Amjad Abu Asaba, head of the Prisoners' Families Committee in Jerusalem:
There is general agreement that they want to carry her on their shoulders, but the occupation authorities [Israel], are bullying [us] and [being] stubborn, they have surrounded the hospital... There is fear that the procession will be prevented [from taking place], that they will take the body and put it in the church car. But the brothers refuse to internationalize the issue, as if a Christian woman has died. This is a daughter of the Palestinian people, a daughter of the Arab nation.
Unauthorized people take the coffin to start unapproved funeral march
Coffin returned to hospital.
Hearse takes coffin and funeral continues as planned
Shireen Abu Akleh - 51-year-old Palestinian-American Christian journalist for Al-Jazeera who was shot and killed while covering a gunbattle initiated by Palestinian terrorists who attacked Israeli forces during an operation in Jenin on May 11, 2022. The PA immediately accused Israel of shooting Abu Akleh without providing evidence. Israel rejected the accusation, noting Palestinian terrorists were filmed shooting indiscriminately and saying they had hit an Israeli soldier even though no soldiers were wounded, possibly indicating they had shot Abu Akleh. The PA immediately accused Israel of shooting Abu Akleh without providing evidence. Israel rejected the accusation, noting Palestinian terrorists were filmed shooting indiscriminately and saying they had hit an Israeli soldier even though no soldiers were wounded, possibly indicating they had shot Abu Akleh. The PA rejected Israel's request to conduct a joint investigation of the incident, and its request to let it examine the bullet that killed Abu Akleh to determine whether it was fired by Israeli forces. The bullet is of a type used by both Israeli soldiers and Palestinian terrorists. In a press conference following Abu Akleh's autopsy on the day of her death, Head of An-Najah National University’s Forensic Medicine Department Dr. Rayyan Al-Ali said it could not yet be determined which side shot her.