Israel arrests Al Jazeera reporter Amro Abu Khudeir

AFP , Thursday 19 May 2022

Israel has arrested one of the pallbearers of slain Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, occupation police said Thursday, but rejected his lawyer's claim that the detention was linked to his role at the funeral.

Amro Abu Khudeir
File Photo: Amro Abu Khudeir (grey shirt) covers his head protectively as he carries the casket of slain Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh out of a hospital, before being transported to a church and then her resting place, in Jerusalem, on May 13, 2022. AFP

 

In a raid that has sparked international outrage, baton-wielding Israeli occupation forces beat several pallbearers as they carried the journalist's coffin out of a hospital in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

Abu Akleh was shot dead during an Israeli occupation army raid on the West Bank last week.

Palestinians and the TV network accused Israeli occupation troops killed her, while Israeli authorities claimed that she may have been killed by Palestinian gunfire or a stray shot from an Israeli sniper.

A lawyer for pallbearer Amro Abu Khudeir told AFP that his client had been arrested and questioned over his role at the funeral.

According to the lawyer, Khaldoun Najm, Israel also claimed to have "a secret file on (Khudeir's) membership of a terrorist organisation".

"I think they will arrest more young men who participated in the funeral," Najm said.

"For them, the subject of the funeral and the coffin was scandalous."

Police dismissed any link between the funeral and Khudeir's arrest.

"We are witnessing an attempt to produce a conspiracy that is fundamentally incorrect," a statement said.

"The suspect was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation which contrary to allegations, had nothing to do with his participation in the funeral procession."

Police justifications for the raid at St. Joseph's hospital have varied.

They have cited the need to stamp out "nationalistic" chants and also said that "rioters" among the mourners hurled projectiles at officers.

Israeli occupation forces frequently crackdown on displays of Palestinian identity, including the national flag, one of which was draped over Abu Akleh's coffin.

Police have vowed to investigate the controversial incident.

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