Journalists, diplomats, spiritual leaders, and officers together with Arab members of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, attended the memorial procession on the Palestinian Authority President’s residence, which noticed Abu Akleh’s Palestinian-flag-draped coffin carried in as honor guards performed musical devices. Crowds that had gathered on the streets outdoors the residence had been heard chanting “the honest voice never dies” and “we sacrifice our blood and spirit for you, Shireen.”
The memorial was attended by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who in a speech on the occasion rejected Israel’s provide for a joint investigation into Abu Akleh’s killing and vowed to take the case to the ICC.
“We rejected, and continue to reject, the joint investigation with the Israeli occupation authorities because they committed the crime and we do not trust them,” stated Abbas, standing earlier than Abu Akleh’s coffin. “We will go immediately to the International Criminal Court to track down the killers.”
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohamed Shtayyeh stated the federal government will share findings of the investigation with the United States, Qatar and the ICC, including that will probably be concluded “soon” and can embody an post-mortem report.
The Palestinian-American was shot lifeless on Wednesday whereas reporting on Israeli army raids within the West Bank metropolis of Jenin. Akleh’s producer, Ali Al-Samudi, was additionally shot and is in steady situation, the Palestinian well being ministry stated.
Following the procession, Abu Akleh’s physique was delivered to St. Joseph hospital in East Jerusalem, the place journalists and buddies stood outdoors, crying as they embraced each other. A crowd of supporters gathered outdoors the hospital, holding roses and chanting “God rest your soul, Shireen.”
As the ambulance carrying Abu Akleh drove in, dozens gathered to assist carry her coffin into the hospital, draped in roses and the Palestinian flag.
Mourners additionally laid flowers on the doorstep of Abu Akleh’s home within the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina.
“Shireen is my daughter, her parents died but we are all her parents,” stated 63-year-old Nafisa Khwais, who sat by Abu Akleh’s dwelling, “we are all her family.”
“Silencing her will never stop us from resisting and telling our story,” added Khwais.
Al Jazeera has accused Israeli safety forces of intentionally concentrating on and killing Abu Akleh, 51 — one of many Arab world’s most distinguished journalists. Her dying was met with regional and worldwide outrage and requires accountability.
The circumstances surrounding her dying are unclear. Three eyewitnesses advised CNN that the journalists had been shot by Israeli troops and that there have been no Palestinian militants subsequent to the journalists on the time.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid proposed a joint Israeli-Palestinian investigation into the dying on Wednesday.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) stated its forces got here beneath heavy fireplace in the course of the counterterrorism operation, and that they returned fireplace.
IDF International Spokesperson Amnon Shefler advised CNN late on Wednesday that the Israelis “just don’t know yet” who killed Abu Akhleh, in what gave the impression to be a softening of earlier statements by Israeli officers that stated she was “likely” shot by crossfire from Palestinian militants.
Her employer, Al Jazeera, referred to as her dying “a blatant murder” by Israeli forces.
Abu Akleh’s funeral will happen on Friday within the Roman Catholic Church in Bab Al-Khalil, earlier than she is buried in Jerusalem’s Mount Zion Cemetery subsequent to her dad and mom.
CNN’s Celine Alkhaldi, Nadeen Ebrahim and Mostafa Salem in Abu Dhabi contributed to this report.