For the Palestinian expulsion commemoration day Nakba (Arabic: “misfortune”) at the weekend, several demonstrations with sometimes several hundred participants against Israel’s policies are planned.
On Saturday there should be a rally on Hermannplatz in Neukölln from 10 a.m., according to the police. 200 participants are registered. “74 Years Al-Nakba” is the title. Meetings are also registered for Sundays – once in the afternoon in Mitte from Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse to the Brandenburg Gate and in the evening with 500 registered participants from Oranienplatz to Hermannplatz in Kreuzberg and Neukölln.
The so-called Nakba Day commemorates the flight and expulsion of people from Palestine in 1948 after the founding of the State of Israel. On Friday and Saturday there will also be a demonstration at Oranienplatz in Kreuzberg, but only 20 participants are registered there. So far there are no bans on these demonstrations, said a police spokesman. The operational planning is still ongoing.
In 2021 there were anti-Semitic incidents and violence at the demonstration in Neukölln: extremists chanted slogans such as “Child killer Israel”, stones, bottles and firecrackers were thrown at the police when they wanted to break up the crowd for violations of the Corona rules. Two young Jewish women and a Jew got caught up in an anti-Semitic mob on Hermannplatz.
At the end of April of this year, similar demonstrations against Israel, with several hundred participants, also included anti-Semitic shouts and stone and firecracker throwing at police officers.
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Another demonstration was then banned by the police for fear of renewed anti-Semitic incidents, it was said. The Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg confirmed the ban with a view to previous outbreaks of violence and anti-Semitic incidents.