GERMANY – Jews concerned about Jerusalem Day rally in Berlin


WORLD JEWISH CONGRESS – Jewish leaders in Germany have come out strongly against a march of anti-Israel activists this weekend which in recent years has been marked by anti-Semitic incidents and even violence. 

Josef Schuster, the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and a vice-president of the World Jewish Congress, called it “shameful” that the Al-Quds Day rally would again be allowed to go ahead  in Berlin this Saturday. He urged Berliners to join a counter-protest.

The head of the Munich Jewish community and WJC commissioner for Holocaust memory, Charlotte Knobloch, said the fact that such a rally could take place on German streets 70 years after the Holocaust was a sign that the fight against anti-Semitism was not led robustly enough.

Meanwhile, the Berlin state government agreed to ban Hezbollah symbols to be shown at rally. The Berlin minister, Interior Senator Frank Henkel, acting on the advice of the police, said that the flags would be added to the propaganda material whose public display was prohibited during the al-Quds Day parade.

A spokesperson for the Berlin police, Thomas Neuendorf, told JTA that not only were flags of Hezbollah banned, but no Hezbollah symbols themselves could be shown. “The display of these flags and symbols can be tantamount to incitement to hate, in that they prompt people to chant hate slogans against a part of the population, namely Jewish fellow citizens,” he wrote in a statement quoted by JTA.  

“In addition, such actions represent an identification with and approval of Hezbollah and their acts that, in relation to the upcoming march, without current context, are not protected free speech.”

Charlotte Knobloch welcomed the ban on Hezbollah symbols but called it irrelevant. “Alas, the participants of this march won’t care about this ban. They will again express their support for Hezbollah and other terror organizations […] and express their hatred of the Jewish state by shouting vile anti-Semitic slogans,” she said.

Al Quds Day, a protest against Israel’s existence, was established in 1979 by then Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The event continues to be marked in Iran and around the world during or after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Since 1996, Berlin’s annual demonstration has attracted between 300 and 1,000 Islamists. Men and women march separately.

  1. #1 by rehmat1 on 06/30/2016 - 10:57 am

    International al-Quds Day rallies are against the Zionist regime and not against World Jewry. It was a brainchild of Ayatullah Khomeini in 1980, and has nothing to do with Hizbullah, which was established in late 1980s.

    This year the rallies will be held in 70 countries including 850 cities in Iran on this week end.

    In Toronto the rally will be held on Saturday July 2, 2016, at Queens Park at 3:00 pm. Later the participants will march towards US Consulate at 360 University Ave. The rally is supported by Jewish Rabbis and many other Jewish, Christian, Muslim and human rights organizations that oppose the war crimes and state terrorism by Zionist regime.

    The Jewish Defense League Canada, B’nai B’rith and other anti-Iran groups have urged the provincial government lead by pro-Israel Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne to ban the rally at the Queens Park. They have also appealed to pro-Israel Torontonians to join a counter protest rally against Israel-haters at the Queens Park.

    Like last year, Ken Stone, a founding member of Independent Jewish Voices (Canada) will be one of the several keynote speakers at the rally.

    On May 13th, 2016, Ken Stone delivered a speech at a dinner in Toronto to honour 27th anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of 1979 Islamic Revolution (listen below).

    Ilana Shneider at the Jewish Media Agency (June 28, 2016) cried WOLF by claiming that Holocaust denier and extremist Jewish group Independent Jewish Voices (IJV), clueless gay activists from Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, and anti-Israel, anti-gay Neturei Karta (Torah Jews) will participate the al-Quds rally on Saturday.

  2. #2 by Frederick on 06/30/2016 - 12:32 pm

    Because the “Holocaust” doesn’t hold water! It’s coming apart. Soon it will no longer quench the jew thirst, but what relief for the Gentiles! The Goyim are beginning to awaken from their coma.

  3. #3 by TruthOutJournal on 06/30/2016 - 2:59 pm

    Ever see a cock-a-roach under the hot sun, in a fish tank? The more they wine, the more people question, the more people question, the more they learn about the cancer, the more they learn about the cancer, the more they want to eradicate it.

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