After statements about the Gaza war: Berlinale distances itself. At the opening gala, some filmmakers called for an end to the fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.

On Sunday there was an anti-Israel post on the Panorama section of the Berlinale, which was quickly deleted and then circulated as a screenshot on X. One photo showed the slogan “Free Palestine - From the River to the Sea” The sentence means that there should be a free Palestine in an area from the Jordan River tothe Mediterranean.