World · June 24, 2022

Israeli police conclude investigation into Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral conduct, amid rumors that no officers will be punished

The police force came under widespread criticism after the procession, in which television footage showed officers hitting mourners with batons, nearly knocking the coffin down by the coffin bearers, as well as forcibly removing the Palestinian flags also from the hearse and arrest people carrying the flag.

At the time, Israeli police said they were responding to objects and stones thrown at police as mourners attempted to transport Abu Akleh’s coffin on foot from a Jerusalem hospital to a church in the Old City. Police said they obtained a preliminary agreement from the Abu Akleh family to transport the coffin by car, which in the end is what happened, albeit only after chaotic scenes.

Instead of releasing any details of the investigation, or any findings, the police only released a statement, in which Israeli Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai acknowledged that Abu Akleh’s funeral was a “complex event”, adding that “it is impossible to remain indifferent to the harsh images. ”

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Shabtai said the police had examined the conduct of the forces in the field, but appeared to blame the funeral participants for the unfolding of the events: “We have to learn thoroughly. [the lessons from] the incident, so that in the future sensitive events such as these are not disturbed by violent rioters and are respected “.

Israeli media have widely reported that no police officer on duty, or his commanders, will be penalized for his actions.

In the statement Shabtai offered his support to the forces, saying, “I trust the actions of Israeli police officers, who will continue to work reliably for the safety of the entire public.”

Israeli police came under harsh criticism after the march, with the White House calling the images “disturbing” and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying he was “deeply disturbed by the images of Israeli police intruding on the march. funeral”.

CNN asked the police when they intend to release the investigation, but received no response.