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Germany: After accusations of anti-Semitism WDR makes a decision about Nemi El-Hassan

Cologne - The journalist Nemi El-Hassan, who has come under fire for allegations of Islamism and anti-Semitism, is not allowed to moderate the WDR program “Quarks”. According to the German Press Agency (dpa), WDR director Tom Buhrow decided on Tuesday in the Broadcasting Council.

The decisive factor for the decision was not El-Hassan's participation in the anti-Semitic Al-Kuds march seven years ago, but rather problematic "likes" from her on social networks.

As the Bild newspaper reported in September, she “liked” articles by the left-wing radical organization “Jewish Voice for Peace”, which supports the boycott movement BDS. El-Hassan also liked a post describing the escape of Palestinian inmates from a prison as an "incredible feat". According to the newspaper, there were also members of Islamist organizations among the prisoners.

El-Hassan could work as a writer - criticism from broadcasting council members
Also entries in which anti-Israel slogans such as “Antizionism is a duty” or “From the River to the See, Palestine will be free” were expressed, appealed to her. In the meantime, she is said to have removed the "likes".

"It's a difficult, difficult trade-off," said Buhrow accordingly. Moderation by El-Hassan would, however, lead to an inappropriate politicization of the program. The WDR is considering, however, to let El-Hassan work as a writer for the science program "Quarks".

According to the dpa, numerous broadcasting council members criticized that El-Hassan should continue to work for the station. The journalist cannot have a seat in front of or behind the camera. "We shouldn't pretend that there are different important areas of responsibility in the WDR," it said. One could be critical of Israel, but joy at violence against the country should not be tolerated.

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