Friday 13th May 2022
It is, without doubt, one of the very very worse acts carried out by human beings I have ever seen in my life. And it was by the Israeli police in Jerusalem at a funeral procession. Yes. At a funeral.
As you know if you follow me on medium I do write pieces on the intolerable situation in the Apartheid State of Israel that the Palestinian people face on a daily basis. This was as worse as the killings by Israeli snipers of protesting Palestinians who were protesting the Nakba in 2018. Human life was taken then and yet there was no actual loss of life at the baton-wielding of Palestinians carrying the coffin of Shireen Abu Akleh but it was the utter purity of the hatred on display by the Israeli security services and where and when the outrage took place that has sent shockwaves around the world and caused perhaps even greater revulsion. No matter what land, culture, or religion you are from, the burial of a human being is surrounded by powerful and sacred rituals and is utterly sacrosanct. To defile such a time is to place yourself outside of the human race. To be uncivilized.
It was a funeral procession that was attacked by Israeli police officers (sic) dressed in black and full-body protection. Riot gear. As pallbearers moved with her coffin just outside the French hospital we saw on video footage these evil people beat with their batons, the casually dressed unprotected Palestinians who were simply carrying the coffin of Shireen Abu Akleh to her final resting place. She was the US-Palestinian journalist who had been shot in the head by the IDF, whilst reporting on an Israeli raid on the Jenin refugee camp on Wednesday 11th May 2022 despite wearing a vest that clearly identified her as a member of the press. More than 40 Palestinian media workers have been killed by Israeli forces since the year 2000, according to official Palestinian figures, while hundreds more have been injured, targeted, and threatened with violence while at work.
The coffin bearers were so badly hit and beaten that at one point the coffin fell to the ground but was quickly stabilized by others who rushed to keep it up. The coffin could have so…