After Friday’s attack by Israeli police on the funeral of Palestinian -American journalist Shireen Abu Aqla, the Vatican’s representative in Jerusalem has accused Isreal of violating a 1993 agreement between the Roman Catholic Church and Israel to uphold and observe the human right of freedom of religion,
Shireen Abu Aqla, a veteran Al Jazeera correspondent who was a Christian.
She was shot dead during an Israeli army arrest raid in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday.
Speaking to the BBC, Abu Aqla’s brother Tony dismissed the police’s use of the family’s wishes to justify its actions.
“Everybody saw the pallbearers beaten savagely by batons without any mercy, without any respect to the funeral, to the dead,” he said.
“I never gave any promises to the Israeli police, this was a national funeral for all the Palestinians to participate in. They had no business to do at the gate what they did.”
The Israeli police declined to respond to the church leaders’ statement but have already said there will be a review into its handling of the funeral.
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