Palestinian protesters attacked police in Berlin
Pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel protesters attacked police in Berlin on Tuesday evening and on Tuesday night at multiple gatherings.
According to the summary by the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) regional public media company, in the Neukölln district of the German capital, Berlin, on Wednesday, there were several spontaneous protests where protesters threw bottles, rocks, and fireworks at the police. At one location they attempted to build barricades and light fires. The police used water cannons to extinguish burning trash cans, electric scooters and other objects.
Protests also took place at the Brandenburg Gate, one of the city’s main landmarks, with around three hundred participants. RBB reporters noted that from the crowd, in both Arabic and German, chants included slogans such as “child-killing Israel” and “free Palestine.” The agitated group was dispersed and pepper spray was used during the operation. Several individuals were also taken into custody.
The demonstration was organized by the Samidoun association, which identifies itself as a solidarity network for imprisoned Palestinians. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, has listed the association as a left-wing extremist group and plans to ban it in the near future. Chancellor Olaf Scholz recently announced this in the Federal Parliament (Bundestag), describing the organisation’s Berlin protests as anti-Israel, anti-semitic and glorifying Hamas, which he found repulsive.
Since the beginning of a major attack by the Palestinian extremist Islamist organisation on the 7th of October, there have been almost daily pro-Palestinian protests in several major cities in Germany, often featuring anti-Israel and anti-semitic expressions. Several demonstrations have resulted in clashes with the police.
Other atrocities have also targeted the Jewish community in Germany. For example, in Berlin, at least seven residential buildings had Stars of David painted on them, and on Tuesday night, unidentified individuals threw two Molotov cocktails at a building housing Jewish institutions. The fire on the footpath in front of the community centre was extinguished by a security service employee, and there was no significant property damage. Numerous leaders in national politics have condemned these incidents and warned of the increasing anti-semitism.