Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly is condemning as appalling images of Israeli police pushing and hitting mourners at the funeral of an Al Jazeera journalist who was shot while working in the West Bank.
Joly says the behaviour by Israeli police, some of whom arrived on horseback, against mourners and family members of Shireen Abu Akleh, a veteran Palestinian-American journalist, was completely unacceptable.
She says a light needs to be shone on the killing of the journalist, who was shot while covering an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin last week, as well as on actions at her funeral.
Witnesses say she was killed by army fire, while the military says it remains unclear who shot the bullet that killed her.
Israeli police with batons were filmed charging mourners and pallbearers, at one point almost causing the casket to be dropped.
In a statement Saturday, Israeli police said their commissioner had launched an investigation into policing at the funeral, claiming rioters tried to sabotage the procession and harm officers.
NDP foreign affairs critic Heather McPherson says Israeli police conduct at the funeral was abhorrent and she has called for an independent international investigation into the journalist's death.
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This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 16, 2022.
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"Israeli police said their commissioner had launched an investigation into policing at the funeral, claiming rioters tried to sabotage the procession and harm officers."
Yes, the coffin bearers were clearly rioting. And some were throwing stones as well as carrying her coffin. Or someone else was throwing stones. Which is why IDF forces attacked the coffin bearers, not the stone throwers.
Is anybody buying this? I mean, besides Israelis who have been propagandized 24/7/365 for decades.
Desperate arguments for desperate times.
Non-stop propaganda. Defending the indefensible.
It almost makes one feel sorry for Israelis.
Israel keeps making it harder
Israel keeps making it harder for its allies to swallow the propaganda so glibly tossed out "justifying" their heinous activities. Quite apart from Israel's insatiable demand for "lebensraum" the successive governments of Israel keep driving the existential wedge into Israeli society demanding that anyone not 150% behind their endless genocide against Palestinians be deemed a race traitor. Shuddering shades of pogroms past.