Palestinian mob tried to hijack Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral – against family wishes
Palestinian mob tried to hijack Shireen Abu Akleh's funeral so it would not be “as if a Christian woman died”
May 13, 2022
Brother of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh explains that a hearse will take coffin from hospital
(YouTube channel of Al-Jazeera, May 13, 2022)
Al-Jazeera reporter: According to the arrangements that you have made, what will happen from here, from the French Hospital?
Brother of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh Anton Abu Akleh: At 2:00 p.m., Allah willing, the body will set out from the French Hospital on Highway 1 (i.e., by hearse) to the Jaffa Gate, to the Greek Catholic Church next to the Jaffa Gate. There the burial prayer will be held for her soul. Afterwards we will set out from the church by foot to the [Mount] Zion Cemetery of the Greek Catholic Church...
Al-Jazeera reporter: The young people of Jerusalem want to hold a special funeral for Shireen that will go [by foot] through the Old City. What do you think of this as a family? …
Brother of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh Anton Abu Akleh: The situation, as you see, is that the Israeli restrictions are very strict. We appreciate the love of the Palestinian public and the Palestinian people. As for Shireen, we have held a number of funerals for her. The Palestinians held [a funeral] for her from Jenin to Nablus, to Ramallah, and now in Jerusalem we don’t want there to be [confrontations] – In other words, the Israelis are lying in wait for us, and Allah willing the funeral will go well.
Hearse arrives to take coffin but mob stops it and forces it to go back without the coffin
(Official PA TV, May 13, 2022)
Official PA TV reporter: “The hearse is waiting for the transfer, but dozens of those who managed to get here refuse to let it go.
Member of the National Action Committee in Jerusalem Ahmed Al-Safadi: The [Arab] residents of Jerusalem want Shireen Abu Akleh to be carried out of respect, as she was carried on shoulders in Jenin, Nablus, and Ramallah.
Al-Safadi: 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…
Official PA TV reporter: “Yes, apparently there is a refusal to transfer the body.
Caption: Mob forces hearse to go back - preventing funeral as family planned
In other words, [people here] are preventing the body from being transferred by car, and insisting on bringing it on foot…
PA TV reporter: 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.
Caption: Palestinians don't want body in “church car… as if a Christian woman died”
Amjad Abu Asbeh, head of the Prisoners' Families Committee in Jerusalem: There is general agreement here that they want to carry her on their shoulders... There is fear that the procession will be prevented, that they will take the body and put it in the church car. But the [people] refuse to spin the issue, as if a Christian woman died. This is a daughter of the Palestinian people, a daughter of the Arab nation…
Unauthorized people take the coffin to start traditional Muslim Martyr’s funeral by foot, against wishes of family
PA TV reporters: The gate is opening now... We are following [the events]… There is a tight blockade by the occupation forces now… Tears, calls, sounds of joy, and flowers. The body and the funeral procession [is setting out] from the French Hospital. The occupation is currently suppressing this procession… [The occupation force] is attempting to prevent the funeral from setting out, it has dispersed the funeral procession, and the young people are determined to carry [the coffin] on their shoulders… [caption: Coffin being returned to hospital].
The occupation soldiers went wild after the funeral procession set out with the body on [their] shoulders.
Hearse returns a second time to take coffin to church for Christian funeral
PA TV reporters: They don’t want this awe-inspiring [show] in the heart of Jerusalem… the Palestinian flags… [Israeli] military reinforcements are arriving at the hospital… [The coffin is being taken to] Mount Zion Cemetery, near the Jaffa Gate in the heart of Jerusalem…
The coffin is put in the hearse and the funeral continues to church
Hearse arrives at church
PA TV reporters: For your sake, O Shireen… Shireen's body is being taken out to sounds of mourning, flowers. Emotions are mixed in the shadow of this funeral… Around the hearse is a crowd of [funeral] escorts. The bouquets and flowers are placed on the hearse…
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