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US lawmakers slam police rushing casket at funeral of Al Jazeera correspondent

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Israeli police confront mourners as they carry the casket of slain Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during her funeral in east Jerusalem, on May 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Maya Levin)
Israeli police confront mourners as they carry the casket of slain Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during her funeral in east Jerusalem, on May 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Maya Levin)

US lawmakers are speaking out against the police’s rushing of mourners during the funeral procession of slain Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

“This is awful to watch,” tweets Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy. “I’m traveling in Connecticut today, but I have my team working to get answers about what happened here.”

“Agree,” Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen chimes in. “This simply adds trauma on top of a tragedy. Need immediate accountability for these attacks on people mourning the death of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. And her killer must be brought to justice.”

“This is sickening. Violent racism, enabled by $3.8B in unconditional military US funds. For the Israeli apartheid government, Shireen’s life didn’t matter — and her dehumanization continues after death,” tweets Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, calling on the State Department to issue a condemnation.

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