One of the organizational groups concerned wants to sue against the ban on several Palestinian demonstrations by the Berlin police. “We will take legal action against this attack on our fundamental rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression (…),” the group “Palestine Speaks” said on Friday. The ban is an “alarming door opener for unlimited state repression against any opposition in Germany, be it for Palestinian human rights, anti-racism or refugee rights”.
On Thursday, Berlin’s police again banned several anti-Israel demonstrations. The authority banned five Palestinian Nakba Day gatherings planned for Friday through Sunday, with several hundred participants. According to a police statement, there is an imminent danger of inflammatory, anti-Semitic calls, intimidation and violence.
Already on Thursday, the lawyer Ahmed Abed had announced legal steps against the ban on the Kreuzberg demonstration in response to a request from the Tagesspiegel for the network “Palestine Speaks”. Abed is a district councilor in Neukölln for the Left Party.
Niklas Schrader, domestic policy spokesman for the left-wing faction in the Berlin House of Representatives, wrote on Twitter on Friday: “I find the increasing practice of prohibition highly problematic. Anti-Semitism and attacks on the press must be stopped, but there are options below the ban.” According to Schrader, blanket bans also affect the fundamental right to freedom of assembly as a whole.
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.
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.