Palestinians Riot At Funeral Of Al Jazeera Reporter, So White House Criticizes Israeli Police For Responding
“Footage shows police officers facing scores of flag-waving and chanting Palestinians at the St. Joseph Hospital compound in East Jerusalem, who then began throwing stones at the forces and the hospital.”
As Palestinian rioters used the funeral of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to incite violence in Jerusalem, the mainstream media is again portraying the Israeli security forces as aggressors and siding with the Palestinian mob.
On Friday, Israeli security forces was forced to intervene after Palestinian rioters were seen using the coffin of the Al Jazeera journalist as a shield as they threw rocks at the police present at the scene.
“The rioters gathered in the hospital before the funeral began, calling out inciting messages and throwing rocks and other objects. The rioters even damaged the procession vehicle, attempting to prevent it from transporting the coffin,” the Israeli police said in a statement obtained by the Legal Insurrection. “In light of this, police officers were forced to make arrests in order to ensure the funeral could continue suspects who disrupted public order have been arrested,” the statement added.
The police also accused the rioters of carrying out “violent pre-planned provocations,” and “cynically exploiting the funeral procession in order to incite.”
The video footage from the scene seem to confirm their assertions. “Footage shows police officers facing scores of flag-waving and chanting Palestinians at the St. Joseph Hospital compound in East Jerusalem, who then began throwing stones at the forces and the hospital,” the Israeli news outlet Ynet noted.
The Times of Israel reported the Palestinian rioting at the funeral:
Israeli police said late Friday that officers intervened in the funeral of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Jerusalem earlier in the day after “rioters” seized her coffin at the hospital, against her family’s wishes. (…)
“About 300 rioters arrived at Saint Joseph hospital in Jerusalem and prevented the family members from loading the coffin onto the hearse,” police said in a statement late Friday night.
Law enforcement had planned and coordinated the funeral procession with Abu Akleh’s family ahead of time, the English-language statement said.
“The mob threatened the driver of the hearse and then proceeded to carry the coffin on an unplanned procession,” the statement said. “This went against the wishes of the Abu Akleh family and the security coordination.”
Police instructed the crowd to return the coffin to the hearse, “but the mob refused,” police said.
“Police intervened to disperse the mob and prevent them from taking the coffin, so that the funeral could proceed as planned in accordance with the wishes of the family,” the statement said.
The Israel Police prepared yesterday to facilitate a calm and dignified funeral for journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, and had coordinated the funeral arrangements with her family. Unfortunately, hundreds of rioters tried to sabotage the ceremony and harm the police
— Israel Police (@israelpolice) May 14, 2022
Al Jazeera’s Abu Akleh was killed on Wednesday while reporting from the Palestinian city of Jenin, a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) stronghold. The bodycam video released by the IDF show Israeli soldiers coming under heavy gunfire in Jenin at the time of the incident. The Palestinian Authorities (PA) rejected the Israeli offer for a joint investigation into the shooting and refused to handover the bullet that killed the scribe for a forensic probe in Israel.
Mainstream Media, Biden White House Slam Israel
The mainstream media outlets were united in their condemnation of Israel. They accused the Israeli police of “beating” the Palestinian “mourners” and of “attacking” the funeral procession. CNN aired the video of the riot claiming that it showed “Israeli police beating mourners.” The Washington Post peddled the same one-sided narrative alleging that “the Israeli police pushed and beat pallbearers during the funeral for slain Al Jazeera journalist.”
Without giving Israel a fair hearing, the Biden administration, too, appears to be siding with the Palestinian rioters.
Israeli TV channel i24News reported the White House’s response:
The Biden administration on Friday harshly criticized Israel over police violence at the funeral of journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh – a Palestinian and US citizen – who was killed earlier this week during an Israeli operation in the West Bank. (…)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States was “deeply troubled by the images of Israeli police intruding into the funeral procession of Palestinian American Shireen Abu Akleh.” (…)
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who described the images as “deeply disturbing,” said the US is in close contact with Israeli and Palestinian authorities, working to bridge cooperation between the two sides.
In the midst of this anti-Israel chorus from the media and leftists trolls, some sane voices tried to set the record straight.
Noted Palestinian human rights activist, Bassem Eid, accused Palestinian rioters of using the coffin of the slain journalist as “human shield” as they attacked Israeli security forces.
This is a new low… We’ve seen Palestinian extremists like Hamas use women and children as human shields, but today they used the dead body of #ShireenAbuAkleh as a human shield as rioters destroyed neighborhoods in Jerusalem.
— Bassem Eid (@realbassemeid) May 13, 2022
The Israeli social media influencer Hananya Naftali broke down the footage of the incident to show how Palestinian rioters weaponized the funeral procession.
Did Israeli police disrupt the funeral of Palestinian Al Jazeers journalist? THE TRUTH ‼️ pic.twitter.com/JwPbG9i68g
— Hananya Naftali (@HananyaNaftali) May 13, 2022
The Bloody Trail of Palestinian Terrorism Continues
While the Biden White House and the Liberal media criticizes and smears Israel, the Jewish State continues to pay the price for defending its citizens against the onslaught of Palestinian and Jihadi terrorism, which claimed a total of 19 lives since it surged in mid-March.
On Friday, Palestinian terrorists shot dead a senior Israeli counterterrorism officer during an operation in Jenin, the same city where the Al Jazeera scribe had died of gunshot wound on Wednesday.
“Noam Raz, a veteran counterterrorism officer was killed in an Israeli operation near the West Bank city of Jenin on Friday, the Israel Police confirmed,” the newspaper Israel Hayom disclosed on Friday. “Raz, 47, was mortally wounded when Palestinian terrorists opened fire on Israeli troops during a raid in the city, a known Islamic Jihad stronghold. He was airlifted to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa where doctors spared no effort to save his life, but to no avail.”DONATE
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