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German Police Shut Down Pro-Palestine Conference


On April 12, in another round of repression against
Palestine solidarity organizers, German police shut down the
Palestine Congress in Berlin. They arrested several
attendees and ordered delegates to leave immediately. German
officials also prohibited scheduled speaker Ghassan
Abu-Sittah, a Palestinian-British surgeon and the rector of
Glasgow University, from even entering the country. The
Congress aimed to raise awareness about charges
of Germany’s complicity in Israel’s genocide in the
International Court of Justice, which have been raised by
Nicaragua.

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German police dramatically stormed the
stage of the conference and proceeded to shut down speakers
after the Congress had already begun, interrupted and
stopped the conference livestream, and broke into the
control room to shut off the power. Red Media reported that
“900 police are deployed to the congress, whose start they
held up for hours. They demanded that organizers allow all
German media into the congress, ironically to ‘safeguard
free speech’ and then denied entry to most of the
registered delegates.”

German police have arrested
several activists participating in the Congress, including
Jewish activists. Anti-Zionist Jewish activists are heavily
targeted in Germany, despite Germany’s attempt to justify
its support to Israel as “collective guilt” over the
Holocaust and repenting for its infamous antisemitism. Yet,
according to researcher Emily Dische-Becker, almost a third
of those deplatformed, arrested, or otherwise sanctioned for
alleged antisemitism are
themselves Jewish
. Videos from the repression show a
Jewish activist being arrested
outside of the conference, with police seizing a banner that
read “Jew Against Genocide.”

 

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