Amro Abu Khudeir’s lawyer said that the interrogation of the man called “coffin protector” concerned the funeral.
Occupied East Jerusalem – One of the Palestinians attacked by the Israeli police while carrying the coffin of the veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh at her funeral on Friday, was arrested by the Israeli authorities.
A lawyer representing 34-year-old Amro Abu Khudeir said the Jerusalemite had been arrested at his home in the Shuafat area early Monday and had been repeatedly questioned about the events surrounding the funeral.
Lawyer Khaldoun Najm added that Abu Khudeir was being held in solitary confinement since his arrest.
“He has no light or sense of daylight in his basement two meters to one,” Najm said.
Najm added that Abu Khudeir had attended a court hearing on Monday and his detention had been extended until Sunday.
Abu Akleh, a 51-year-old Palestinian-American journalist, was killed by Israeli forces while covering an Israeli raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the north-occupied West Bank on May 11.
Israeli police stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. from the Old City to Jerusalem. .
Abu Khudeir was featured on television footage of the funeral, which showed veterans trying to prevent Abu Akleh’s coffin from falling to the ground as Israeli police attacked mourners using batons. The move sparked worldwide condemnation and calls for an investigation, including by the United Nations.
Abu Khudeir was nicknamed “the protector of the coffin” after he was seen holding the coffin despite being beaten aggressively by police.
While several craftsmen were beaten by Israeli police, Najm says Abu Khudeir was the only craftsman arrested by Israeli authorities after the funeral.
“Israeli intelligence claims that Amro collaborated with a terrorist organization and that he has a secret file with the secret services,” Najm told Al Jazeera.
However, Najm said this seemed unlikely because Abu Khudeir informed him that all questions during his interrogation were related to the funeral.
“Amro was asked why he insisted on carrying the coffin and taking care not to fall to the ground,” Najm said. “The main focus of the questions was on the fact that he was a veteran at Abu Akleh’s funeral.”
Najm said Abu Khudeir, a father of two, was a well-known activist in Jerusalem and had been arrested by Israeli police in the past.
Israeli police have not responded to Al Jazeera’s request for comment on Abu Khudeir’s arrest and detention at the time of publication.
Israeli police also seized Palestinian flags from mourners at the funeral, smashed the window of a hearse carrying Abu Akleh’s body and removed a Palestinian flag from it.
Israel has ordered an investigation into the conduct of its officers at Abu Akleh’s funeral, as the Palestinian Authority says it welcomes international support for an investigation into her murder.