Israeli Police Avoid Punishment for Misconduct at Abu Akleh's Funeral

Photo: AP [via The Times of Israel]

The Facts

  • An Israeli probe into clashes between officers and attendants at slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh's funeral in Jerusalem last month has reportedly revealed police misconduct but concluded that nobody should be penalized - a decision allegedly made prior to the investigation.

  • Israel police announced on Wed. that conclusions were presented to Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai and Public Security Minister Omer Barlev, with Shabtai conceding that there were officer wrongdoings.

The Spin

Pro-Palestine narrative

It's no surprise that the Israeli-led investigation doesn't promote justice for Palestinians. It has been Israel's policy for years to cover up attacks against journalists and repress Palestinian nationalism by denying Palestinians their right to express their identity.

Pro-Israel narrative

This investigation is important for the Israeli police's improvement as an organization. While the report found instances of police misconduct, it also found that they made a tangible attempt to ensure the funeral would follow according to the organizer's plans amid rioters who threatened the ceremony.

Nerd narrative

There's a 7% chance that Israel and Palestine will hold peace talks in 2022, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

Establishment split



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