At least four people were arrested during the funeral procession, two of them for waving the Palestinian flag.
Israeli security forces beat those carrying the remains of Palestinian-American journalist Shirin Abu Akle as the coffin was removed from the French Saint-Louis Hospital in Jerusalem for a final tour of the city, two days after she was shot dead in head while covering clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank.
The footage, filmed by the late journalist’s Al Jazeera channel, shows a group of Israeli agents approaching the coffin bearers, whom they begin to beat with batons to the point that the coffin is about to fall to the ground.
Israeli sources told the TV channel that the pallbearers violated the terms of the funeral by trying to transport the coffin on foot through the city, rather than in vehicles authorized by the Israeli security forces.
The coffin was eventually transported by hearse to the Cathedral of the Annunciation in East Jerusalem, according to Al-Jazeera, which also reported the arrest of four people, two of whom were waving a Palestinian flag.
According to the journalist’s media, Israeli police broke one of the windows of the car carrying the coffin in order to take out another Palestinian flag that was inside.
After the family managed to bury the victim in a cemetery on the outskirts of Jerusalem’s Old City, police dispersed the crowd with tear gas.
“The Israeli army is asking people if they are Christians or Muslims. If you are a Muslim, you were not allowed. – @ajimran
Israeli occupying forces attacked Palestinians during the funeral of Al Jazeera journalist Shirin Abu Akle. pic.twitter.com/Xq3VkeOCqn
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) May 13, 2022