The Palestinian Authority stood firm on its refusal to hold a joint investigation with Israel into the shooting death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, whose funeral procession made its way Thursday from Ramallah to Jerusalem.
“We have rejected a joint investigation with the Israeli authorities because they are the ones who committed the crime,” said PA President Mahmoud Abbas as he eulogized Abu Akleh at a state memorial ceremony in Ramallah.
Her flag-draped coffin, adorned with a wreath and a rose, was laid out in front of him in the courtyard of the Mukata. At one point a flak jacket with the word “press” was also placed on her coffin.
Abbas pledged to seek justice by “immediately going to the International Criminal Court to prosecute the criminals” responsible for Abu Akleh’s death.
“So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, “The days of mourning for my father [a]are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” Genesis 27:41
He said Abu Akleh was a “martyr of Palestine” and a symbol for Palestinian journalists and women, who used her “honest” and “patriotic” voice to portray the suffering of her people.
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