Status: 10.12.2023, 17:28 PM
Demonstration against anti-Semitism in Berlin under the slogan "Germany stands up - Never again is now!". © Carsten Koall/dpa
In the fight against anti-Semitism, many people are taking to the streets in Berlin. The crowd in front of the Brandenburg Gate remains manageable. Just a few kilometres away, hardly fewer people have completely different destinations.
Berlin - Several thousand people have taken to the streets in Berlin to protest against anti-Semitism, hatred and racism. Under the motto "Never again is now", they walked from the Großer Stern in the Tiergarten to the Brandenburg Gate in partly pouring rain. The police spoke of about 3200 participants, the private organizers assumed up to 11,000.
The event was supported, among others, by Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD). Commenting on the number of participants, journalist Michel Friedman said to applause: "There are too few who came."
Behind a banner "Never again is now - Germany stands up", people marched across the Straße des 17. In the front row were Berlin's Governing Mayor Kai Wegner (CDU), the pop singer Roland Kaiser and Federal Minister of Labour Hubertus Heil (SPD), among others.
Minister Heil: "We need a clearly loud majority"
"Sometimes I don't recognize this country. Something has gone off the rails," said Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. "There is still an opportunity to fix this, but to do so you also have to admit to yourself what has gone wrong in recent years, what you couldn't or didn't want to see."
There was support from SPD politician Heil. "We are many, but too many decent people are too quiet," he said. "We don't need a decent, silent majority. We need a clearly loud majority that stands up now and not later." There must be an end to anti-Semitism. "We have to get serious about it," Heil said.
Participants of a pro-Palestinian march through the federal capital. © Paul Zinken/dpa
As patron of the event, Bundestag President Bärbel Bas (SPD) said: "Jews are afraid, and they feel abandoned. It's not just hatred that creates this feeling, but also silence and indifference." Therefore, "a powerfully visible and loud sign" is important. The pop singer Roland Kaiser also spoke of the hope "that a signal will go out from this day".
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The Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor, in view of the hostages from Israel still held by the terrorist Hamas in Gaza, demanded with a chant: "Bring them home!"
Pro-Palestinian protest nearby
Only a few kilometers further on there was a demonstration under the slogan "Solidarity with Palestine - No Weapons for Genocide". The police spoke of about 2500 participants.
Against the backdrop of the Middle East conflict, the demonstrators demanded, among other things, a halt to arms deliveries to Israel. Arms and intelligence cooperation with the country should also be ended.
In addition to flags with the Palestinian colors, the letter combination BDS could also be seen. BDS stands for "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions." The campaign calls for a boycott of the State of Israel and Israeli products for its treatment of Palestinians. Dpa