Israeli police close investigation into violence at Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral

JERUSALEM: Israeli police said on Thursday they had concluded an internal investigation into violence at the funeral of slain Al Jazeera TV journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, but without publishing any findings.
Police launched the investigation following an international outcry after the veteran reporter’s coffin nearly fell over when police attacked pallbearers during her funeral last month.
Thousands had attended the service in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem, and footage of the riots was broadcast live on television. Israeli authorities blamed Palestinian protesters for the ugly scenes.
Police commander Kobi Shabtai said on Thursday that “we cannot remain indifferent to these harsh images and we must investigate so that the rioters do not violently disturb sensitive events of this order.”
“The police under my instructions investigated to evaluate the action of their forces on the ground in order to draw conclusions and improve the operational progress in this type of event,” he said in a statement.
The results of the investigation were presented to the Minister of Public Works, a police spokesman said.
Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American journalist working for the Qatar-based broadcaster, was shot dead last month while covering an Israeli army operation in the Jenin camp in the occupied West Bank.
A Palestinian investigation said an Israeli soldier shot her dead in what it described as a war crime.
Israel has denied the accusations, arguing that she may have been killed by a Palestinian gunman.
Abu Akleh’s brother, Anton, flatly rejected the police investigation into the disturbances at his funeral.
“We don’t care what Israel says or does, everything is clear in the photos. The police are the aggressor,” he told AFP. “They are trying to cover up their actions and mistakes.”

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