Berlin’s police have once again banned anti-Israel demonstrations. The authority banned five Palestinian Nakba Day gatherings planned for Friday through Sunday, with several hundred participants. The police announced on Thursday. There is an imminent danger of inflammatory, anti-Semitic calls, intimidation and violence. On Nakba Memorial Day on May 15, Palestinians commemorate the flight and expulsion of people from Palestine in the wake of the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent war of aggression by several Arab states.

A demonstration on Sunday in Mitte is attributed to the Samidoun group from the network of the Palestinian terrorist organization PFLP, another demonstration in Kreuzberg and Neukölln in the vicinity of other Palestinian demonstrations in April, at which openly anti-Semitic slogans were spoken and police officers and journalists were attacked. The lawyer Ahmed Abed, who is a district councilor for the Left Party in Neukölln, announced legal action against the ban on the Kreuzberg demonstration when asked by the Tagesspiegel for the network “Palestine Speaks”.

A year ago, there were anti-Semitic incidents and violence at a Nakba demonstration in Neukölln: Police officers were thrown at with stones, bottles and firecrackers, two young Jews and one Jew got caught up in an anti-Semitic mob. In April there were similar demonstrations against Israel with several hundred participants – this time again with anti-Semitic slogans and attacks on officials.

A group of 40 young men associated with Migrantifa was particularly aggressive. The police then banned another demonstration in late April – also because of Al-Quds Day, which the mullahs’ regime of Iran calls for every year to mark the anniversary of Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War.

The Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg confirmed the ban with a view to previous outbreaks of violence and anti-Semitic incidents. The applicant did not make an effective distinction between people with an anti-Israeli or anti-Semitic attitude, the reason given in the court’s urgent decision.


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