Palestine – Thousands participate in the funeral of journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh in Jerusalem
Location: Gaza- Palestine
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Today, Friday, thousands of Palestinians participated in the funeral of Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, who was killed two days ago while covering the clashes in Jenin camp in the West Bank, East Jerusalem.
The funeral included confrontations that erupted when the journalist’s coffin was taken out of Saint Joseph Hospital, where the Israeli police dispersed the crowds that gathered outside the hospital.
The coffin was later taken to the Old City, where a mass was held in honor of the journalist. The Israeli police closed some of the entrances to the Old City in an attempt to reduce the number of participants in the funeral, while the crowds marched behind the coffin to the “Zion” cemetery, where the burial was carried out.
“Jerusalem is ours and this occupation will end. More than 30 occupations have passed through Jerusalem and all of them have been defeated.”
“This is happening for the first time in the history of Palestine. Perhaps these are days of liberation. Shireen’s funeral in Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah, and Jerusalem, is a clear message to the Israeli occupation that Jerusalem will always be ours. All the practices of the occupation to change its reality, character, and identity, will not succeed. These masses say that all the walls of this city and all its minarets and sanctuaries, whether Islamic or Christian, are Arab and Palestinian.”
“Today is a message for every Palestinian who can be in Jerusalem to participate in the funeral, everyone must be present, because this is not an option, because Shireen’s funeral is a message to the whole world, which Shireen was trying to do during her work over 25 years. Today, the least we can do is to be present here in this gathering. This is not only a funeral for a body but a Palestinian gathering inside Jerusalem. The road to Jerusalem is not easy but today it was very difficult, from the moment of arriving at the French hospital, the assault on the people, the coffin, and the medical staff, it created confusion. We moved to the Roman Catholic Church, and we stood in Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Square. The presence of people was also not easy because they came with very huge crowds, and the Israeli forces also mobilized many of their soldiers, we remained like this for two hours. The forces attack the people, expel them back and disperse the gatherings, but there was a Palestinian insistence on being present today.”