Thousands of people gathered at Abu Ackley’s funeral on Friday, including family, friends and those who only knew Abu Ackley for 15 years as Al Jazeera reported on the occupied Palestinian territory and daily life as a Palestinian Mainstay man.
Some mourners raised Palestinian flags and many chanted “Palestine, Palestine” as coffins were moved from St. Louis French Hospital in the Sheikh Jallah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem to funeral services at Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City and finally to Zion Hill Cemetery, where Abu Akleh is buried next to her parents.
Her niece, Lina Abu Akleh, remembers her aunt’s “commitment to making sure people know the truth and her love for making sure people know the truth”.
“She knew how much she was loved, but she was very humble and she never wanted to be the center of attention,” she said. “I think she would be proud to see how the Palestinian people support her and support our family,”
Father Fadi Diab, who presided over the funeral, told Al Jazeera that Abu Akleh’s killing would have “an impact on the world”.
“Shireen Abu Akleh is an ambassador for Palestinians and their rights,” he said. “Life is sacred and we cannot assassinate it. God did not create life to be assassinated, but to cultivate.”
“If one imagined Shireen’s influence would stop, it wouldn’t,” he said. “Now, she’s going to impact the world.”
Nonetheless, Abu Akler’s often-reported Israeli occupation was a constant reminder of the observances three days before the burial.
On Wednesday, hours after she was killed, Israeli police entered the home of an Al Jazeera veteran, removed a Palestinian flag and told mourners to reject patriotic music.
On Thursday, the same day that the slain journalist was buried at the Palestinian Authority’s presidential palace, her brother was summoned by Israeli authorities and warned him not to hold a Palestinian flag or chant pro-Palestinian slogans at the memorial ceremony.
Then on Friday, Israeli forces attacked mourners who were trying to walk with Abu Arkle’s coffin in occupied East Jerusalem.
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In shocking footage broadcast live by Al Jazeera, Israeli troops beat mourners, including those carrying Abu Akler’s body, nearly dropping their coffins.
Israeli forces then smashed the windows of the hearse carrying the body of Abu Akl and removed a Palestinian flag.
Lina Abu Akleh recounted the incident, saying that the Israeli army “just rushed in and they beat everyone, and it’s pretty scary to be honest.”
“It was a peaceful funeral and everyone was there to show their support and love. At the end of the day, even after her death, it wasn’t peaceful.”
Diana Buttu, a Palestinian human rights lawyer, said the abuse on the way to her final resting place highlighted how Abu Akl continued even after she was killed under the spotlight Regarding Israel’s violations.
Buttu and many others called independent investigation Enter the killing. On Friday, UN human rights experts joined the chorus in calling for a “swift, transparent, thorough and independent investigation” into the journalist’s killing.
“So many people loved her and continue to love her,” Buttou said. “The power of her reporting, and her love of Palestine.”
“She cares about how a career affects life, telling people what a career means on a personal level,” she said. “She really loves the people and is angry at the Israeli occupation.”