• Antisemitism hits Berlin’s streets

    Marina Chernivsky Photo: Benjamin Jenak, Veto Magazin.

    “The sense of security of Jewish people in Germany will be gone for a long time”.

    Marina Chernivsky, head of OFEK counseling centre regarding antisemitic violence and discrimination

    Since the slaughter of 1,300 in Israel by Hamas on 7 October, antisemitic incidents in Berlin have risen dramatically. On the day of the attacks, activists from Samidoun, a group linked to the organisation of Palestinian terror organisation Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP,) were celebrating on the capital’s streets and distributed sweets in the district of Neukölln, where many people of Arabic descent live.

    In the following days, hundreds gathered, shouting anti-Israel slogans such as “From the river to the sea – Palestine will be free”. As Hamas called for global action last Friday, Jewish schools in Berlin remained nearly empty. 

    Over the weekend, several houses in Berlin were tagged with Stars of David. Also, an Israeli flag was burned.

    Antisemitism is a problem throughout German society. In a recent study, 15.4 percent of Germans agreed with the sentence: “With the policy that Israel makes, I can easily understand that someone has objections against Jews.” 24.2 percent agree to it partially. 

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