Palestinian television icon Shireen Abu Akleh was laid to rest in the Melkite Catholic Cemetery in Jerusalem’s old city Friday afternoon after an unprecedented attack by Israeli police at her funeral procession. Israeli security forces used stun grenades and tear gas and charged at pallbearers with horses and batons.
Israeli police suddenly attacked the huge crowd that had come to the French Hospital just outside New Gate. It was clear that the Israeli police were involved in an attempt to block and remove any signs of Palestinian nationalism. Israeli soldiers ripped off Palestinian flags that surrounded her and used tear gas to prevent pallbearers from marching with her body.