Charges dropped! We celebrate the absurd charges being dropped against one of our comrades and call for the same for all of those detained. Our statement below:
The shameful ban on commemoration and protest
during the last Nakba Day marked yet another milestone in the criminalization of
Palestinians and Palestine-Solidarity in Germany under the guise of “fighting
In the name of “remembrance culture,” Germany
bans Palestinians from mourning the Nakba. Simply mentioning Palestine or even raising a Palestinian flag are immediately framed as potentially antisemitic.
Today we are witnessing the first of numerous cases in which the accused are charged with allegedly attending a demonstration, one however which did not take place due to the ban. They are accused of acting against the law on freedom of opinion, and of “potential antisemitism”.
So we ask: Where was the ban just a few months
earlier, when thousands of conspiracy theorists, a Berlin state attorney among them, used antisemitic slogans, relativised the Holocaust and broke corona rules while marching in Berlin? In the very same Bezirk?
Where was the ban when declared neo-Nazis
gathered on the final day of a Jewish festival in Weimar in 2021 to spread hate? There – at what was probably the largest population of Jews in Weimar
since the Holocaust – the German police and government refused to block a Nazi march.
Instead, the police protected the NPD, Dritte
Weg and others self-admitted fascist, antisemitic and racist demonstrators.
Again, white Germans, from Weimar to Neukölln, members of known antisemitic organizations, some the very successors of the Nazi Party, are given a greater "Right to Freedom of Opinion" than Palestinians trying to mourn the globally acknowledged horror of the Nakba.
How is this justice? Who does this serve? Not us as Jewish Berliners for one. Whether we like it or not, the Palestinian experience is intimately tied up with both German and Jewish history.
Apparently, the very presence of Palestinians and specifically their legitimate attempt to commemorate the Nakba constitutes a threat to the German narrative of linear progress after the Holocaust.
Driven by the guilt complex for the crimes of your forbears, you pat yourself on the shoulder for silencing Palestinians while ignoring the growing Nazi presence among your contemporaries - how outrageous, how hypocritical!
Your "Erinnerungskultur" is meaningless if you cannot apply it to German society today. It is meaningless when it consists of banning commemoration and public mourning, and when it sets racist hierarchies in determining who has the right to freedom of opinion.
We demand the Berlin state's attorney drop all cases. The city must cease its harassment campaign against Palestinians and their supporters, including Nakba Day bans, and focus on the long-ignored problem of state complicity in and inaction against racist and antisemitic groups.

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Wir freuen uns, dass die Anklage gegen eine_n unserer Genoss_innen eingestellt wurde, und fordern die Einstellung aller anderen Verfahren. Unser Statement:
Das Verbot des Gedenkens & der Proteste am Nakba-Gedenktag 2022 ist nicht nur beschämend. Es ist auch ein weiterer Meilenstein in der Kriminalisierung der Palästinenser_innen & der Solidarität mit Palästina in Deutschland unter dem Deckmantel der "Bekämpfung des Antisemitismus".
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