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Riots at the pro-Palestine demonstration in Berlin


Berlin - Riots broke out during a pro-Palestinian demonstration on Hermannplatz in Berlin. The police said that bottles, paving stones, firecrackers and smoke bombs were thrown from the group of 1,200 demonstrators who had been asked to disband. Demonstrators, journalists and police officers were injured by various projectiles.

The police tried to arrest some demonstrators, but were often so outnumbered that other demonstrators were able to free them. The officers use irritant gas in their defense.

The event was registered by Samidoun Germany, which is close to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The terrorist organization PFLP rejects peace with Israel and advocates acts of terrorism against the civilian population. Protesters also waved Soviet Union flags, calling Israel "imperialist" or calling in Arabic to bomb Tel Aviv. The demonstrators' attacks were targeted at police officers, journalists and private house entrances.

Demos in other cities
In other cities, too, the flaring up conflict between Israel and Palestine gave rise to demonstrations. Most of the time, there was no physical violence. Young men chanted “Israel terrorist, free Palestine” in Cologne and “Freedom for Palestine - from the river to the sea” in Hamburg. There were also demos against Israel or its politics in Leipzig, Bochum and Essen.

According to the police, the gatherings in Neukölln and Kreuzberg refer to the day of the "Nakba" (German: catastrophe) on May 15. The Palestinians commemorate the expulsion and flight of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the course of the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948. There were also small and peaceful demonstrations in various cities in Germany for Israel, its right to exist or against anti-Semitism.


On the previous days there were protests all over Germany. Israel flags were burned and anti-Semitic chants were played. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) condemned these actions: “There is no justification for anti-Semitism - by nothing. Anyone who insults Jews or attacks synagogues does not belong in the street, but in court. Right now we have to do everything we can to protect Jewish life here."

Attacks within Israel
The terror group Hamas has been firing rockets from the Gaza Strip at Israel for days. 7 people were killed in Israel by the approximately 2,300 projectiles. The Israeli defense system Kippat Barzel (Iron Dome) intercepted over 90 percent of the missiles. According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, 140 people have so far died in Israeli air strikes on Hamas' rocket sites. Over 1,000 were injured. There are also children among them, as the rocket positions were often set up in residential areas.

A skyscraper housing journalists from the Associated Press (AP) and the Arab news channel Al-Jazeera was also destroyed by an Israeli strike. The journalists were previously asked to leave the building by telephone. The AP was shocked: "We only narrowly escaped a terrible loss of life." From now on, the world will receive less information from the Gaza Strip. According to Israeli sources, the target of the attack were units of the Hamas secret service also housed in the building. The terrorist group announced retaliation.

There have also been attacks within Israel in the past few days . At first, pogrom-like scenes in the city of Lod near Tel Aviv, where Arab and Jewish citizens lived together, caused astonishment. There, Arabs set synagogues on fire, among other incidents. On Wednesday, a Jewish mob beat an apparently Arab driver in Bat Jam - the scenes could be seen live on television. Serious violence also occurred in other cities.

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