Israeli action at journalist’s funeral ‘disgraceful’, says Coveney

Israeli action at journalist’s funeral ‘disgraceful’, says Coveney

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney condemned Israel’s actions at the funeral of slain journalist Shirin Abu Akleh and said they should be “fully condemned” by the international community.

Video and photographic evidence from his funeral show Israeli police storming the coffin, beating mourners and lathi-charging the mourners.

In a tweet aimed at the Israeli government, Mr. Coveney said: “These are shameful scenes of police brutality at a highly sensitive funeral. No self-respecting democracy can survive this treatment of people.”

He also supported the demand for an independent inquiry into the death of Abu Akleh.

The journalist, a 51-year-old Palestinian-American, was a household name in much of the Arabic-speaking world. He was shot in the head, even though he was wearing a flak jacket with PRESS written on it and a helmet.

The Qatari-based network blamed Israel. Palestinian officials have described the killing of Abu Akleh as an assassination by the Israeli army. Israel says he may have been killed by Palestinian gunmen.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign called on the top of Grafton Street near St Stephen’s Green at 1.30 pm today to honor the memory of Ms Abu Akleh and hold her killers accountable. The National Union of Journalists will also be present in protest against his death.

The behavior of the Israeli police at the funeral has been condemned around the world. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken tweeted: “We are deeply disturbed by the images of Israeli police infiltrating the funeral procession of Palestinian American Shirin Abu Aqleh.

“Every family deserves to put their loved ones to rest respectable and unimpeded.”

European Union High Representative Joseph Borrell said the EU was “shocked” by the scenes unfolding during the funeral in occupied East Jerusalem.

“The European Union condemns the disproportionate use of force and abusive behavior by the Israeli police against the participants of the mourning procession,” he said.

“To allow a peaceful farewell and to allow mourners to grieve peacefully without harassment and humiliation is the minimum human dignity.

“The EU reiterates its call for a thorough and independent investigation that elucidates all the circumstances of the death of Shirin Abu Aqleh and brings those responsible for her murder to justice.”


Israel’s decision to go ahead with plans to build more than 4,000 houses, separately with Ireland, France, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden is condemned. occupied the West Bank.

“The new housing units will constitute an additional hurdle for the two-state solution. Israeli settlements clearly violate international law and stand in the way of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

“This decision, as well as the demolition and expulsion affecting the Palestinian population in East-Jerusalem and Region C, directly jeopardizes the viability of a future Palestinian state.”

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