The body of the Al Jazeera reporter was taken from Ramallah to Jerusalem on Thursday after she was killed by Israeli forces.
Occupied East Jerusalem – The funeral of Shirin Abu Akle, an Al Jazeera journalist who was killed by Israeli forces on Wednesday while reporting in the occupied West Bank, will take place in her hometown of Jerusalem.
Funeral is expected to begin on Friday with a procession from France’s St. Louis Hospital in the occupied Sheikh Jara district of East Jerusalem, where Abu Akle’s body remained overnight, to the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, where a funeral service will be held in the afternoon. Cathedral of the Annunciation.
Abu Akle, who died at the age of 51, will be buried next to her parents in a nearby Protestant cemetery on Mount Zion.
Thousands are expected to attend the funeral of a veteran reporter whose death has sparked outrage among Palestinians, raising fears of rising tensions in Jerusalem after weeks of Israeli military attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, injuring hundreds of Palestinians.
Israeli police raided the family home of Abu Aqlé on Thursday, forced removal the Palestinian flag from the residence.
Anton Abu Akle, Shirin’s brother, was also summoned by Israeli police on Thursday night.
According to Israeli media reports, police have warned him that they will disperse the funeral process if there is an “escalation”.
The assassination of Abu Aqle shocked Palestine and the Arab world.
A veteran journalist for Al Jazeera’s Arab television station, Abu Akleh joined the network in 1997, just a year after it was launched.
Her death led to an outpouring of emotions in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. The reporter was honored in several Palestinian cities from Jenin in the North West Bank, where she was killed, to Jerusalem in a long procession.
Al Jazeera’s Palestinian bureau chief Walid al-Omari described Abu Akleh’s three-day funeral procession as “one of the longest in Palestinian history”.
Marches for Abu Akle in Jenin and Nablus took place on Wednesday, where doctors performed an autopsy on her body.
Her body was then brought to Ramallah, where a memorial service was held for her at the Palestinian Authority (PA) presidential complex in Ramallah, with thousands in attendance.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas spoke to the service, rejecting a possible Israeli investigation into her death, and said the Palestinians would take the case to International Court of Justice.
Separately, Israeli forces attacked the city of Jenin on Friday, with several Palestinians reportedly wounded in munitions.
Abu Akle frequently visited Jenin as part of her work to cover Israel’s ongoing campaign to suppress growing Palestinian armed resistance in the country’s refugee camp.