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Daily Briefing May 15: Feuding narratives fuel funeral of reporter Shireen Abu Akleh

Editor David Horovitz and military correspondent Emanuel Fabian break down what we do and don’t know in the probe into the shooting of the Al Jazeera journalist

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Editor David Horovitz and military correspondent Emanuel Fabian join host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

Horovitz was in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday and witness to part of the funeral procession for journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. What did he see there and what are the competing narratives explaining the disturbing images that came out of it?

There was a lot of back and forth last week about who could and could not take part in the probe over Abu Akleh’s death. What is the status now?

Counterterrorism officer Noam Raz was killed in clashes near Jenin on Friday. He was part of the Yamam unit. What is this unit and why was he there?

This morning, the Israel Defense Forces released the name of Israeli special forces officer Lt. Col. Mahmoud Kheir el-Din, until now known only as “Mem.” He was killed in a botched nighttime operation in the Gaza Strip in November 2018. Why was his name released today?

Finally, last night the world turned its eyes to the silliest, most political event in the year, the Eurovision. No surprise, but Ukraine won. Does expat Brit Horovitz know who won second place?

Discussed articles include:

Scenes from one part of a funeral, as Shireen Abu Akleh is laid to rest in Jerusalem

PA: International groups can participate in probe into reporter’s death, not Israel

‘One of the best’: Officers, officials mourn death of police commando Noam Raz

After 3.5 years, IDF releases name of officer killed in botched Gaza operation

Ukraine wins Eurovision Song Contest amid Russian invasion

May 24 – Who By Fire: Leonard Cohen and the Yom Kippur War

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