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As we grieved for Shireen Abu Aqleh, Israeli police attacked us. They have no shame

Jalal Abukhater, © The Guardian
May 13, 2022

am writing these words having just returned from the funeral of Shireen Abu Aqleh in Jerusalem. It is hard to describe the exact emotions which every Palestinian is feeling. One thing is certain: this has been the most incredible outpouring of emotion I’ve seen in Palestine.

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Man’s sensitivity to the little things and insensitivity to the greatest are the signs of a strange disorder.

-Blaise Pascal

Israeli forces attack Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral

© AlJazeera
May 13, 2022

Israeli police have stormed the grounds of a Jerusalem hospital to forcibly prevent a funeral march for Shireen Abu Akleh, the Al Jazeera journalist who was killed by Israeli forces while covering an Israeli army raid in Jenin on Wednesday.

Three key humanist virtues are courage, cognition, and caring – not dependence, ignorance, or insensitivity to the needs of others.

-Paul Kurtz

US condemns Israel’s attack on Shireen Abu Aqleh’s funeral

Ramon Antonio Vargas, © The Guardian
May 13, 2022

Joe Biden’s secretary of state has issued a statement condemning Israeli forces for their attack hours earlier on the funeral procession in Jerusalem of a Palestinian American journalist who was shot and killed this week.

“We are deeply troubled by the images of Israeli police intruding into the funeral procession of Palestinian American Shireen Abu Aqleh,” Antony Blinken’s statement on his official Twitter account read. “Every family deserves to lay their loved ones to rest in a dignified and unimpeded manner.”

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In summary, Intelligence Intensification is desirable, because there is not a single problem confronting humanity that is not either caused or considerably worsened by the prevailing stupidity (insensitivity) of the species: badly wired robots bumping into and maiming and killing each other.

-Robert Anton Wilson

UN experts condemn Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing: Latest updates

By Arwa Ibrahim and Joseph Stepansky, © AlJazeera
May 13, 2022

UN human rights experts have condemned the killing of Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, and called for a prompt, transparent, thorough and independent investigation into her death.

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What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.

-Francois de La Rochefoucauld