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Clashes at Al Jazeera reporter’s funeral; her casket nearly falls to the ground

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The Times of Israel is liveblogging Friday’s events as they happen.

The Abu Akleh family prays over her inside the Catholic church near Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Joint List lawmakers, including party chief Ayman Odeh, are present.

“Let the olive branch fall and take up the rifle,” some people present chant, a reference to a famous speech by former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey does not have a “positive opinion” on Finland and Sweden joining NATO and accuses Scandinavian countries of harboring outlawed Kurdish militants.

“We do not have a positive opinion. Scandinavian countries are like a guesthouse for terror organizations,” Erdogan tells journalists after Friday prayers in Istanbul.

Erdogan says Turkey’s former rulers “made a mistake” by giving a green light for Greece’s NATO membership in 1952.

“We, as........

© The Times of Israel

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