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Solidarity with the Palestine Conference 2024 in Berlin

This month the Palestine Conference will take place in Berlin from April 12th to 14th and will address Germany’s complicity in the genocide in Gaza and calls for action against it. The conference is currently being slandered by the German media and the ruling parties. The Berlin Senate is even threatening to ban the conference as such. We are hereby publishing the press release of the Palestine Congress, which is promoted by organizations such as the Jüdische Stimme für gerechten Frieden in Nahost (Jewish Voice), the Vereinigte Palästinensische Nationalkomitee, Diem25, Revolutionäre Linke and Gruppe ArbeiterInnenmacht:

Solidarity Against Repression and Possible Ban of the Palestine Conference 2024 in Berlin

AGAINST THE ATTEMPTS TO BAN AND DEFAME THE PALESTINE CONFERENCE! “FREEDOM FOR PALESTINE” IS A LEGITIMATE DEMAND!

From April 12th to 14th, the Palestine Conference is scheduled to take place in Berlin. Its aim is to raise public awareness about the ongoing violations of international law by the Israeli military in Gaza and German complicity, as well as to provide a platform for networking within the movement (https://palaestinakongress.de). However, much is at stake: the congress is facing massive pressure, which could lead to a ban, repression, withdrawal of venues, and entry bans for international guests.

The intentions of German politics to ban or hinder the conference represent a clear political threat to freedom of expression and align with the increasing repression against the Palestine solidarity movement.

Senator for the Interior, Iris Spranger (SPD), stated that the authorities are monitoring the planned “Palestine Conference,” while CDU faction leader Dirk Stettner demands that everything must be done to prevent the alleged “anti-Semitic event.” It is scandalous that an event involving Palestinian and international guests, as well as the Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East and other renowned, international Jewish speakers, is being defamed in this way.

In recent months and years, we have observed how Palestine demonstrations – whether organized by Palestinians, anti-Zionist Jews, or supportive individuals – are systematically banned, how police violence against demonstrators at Palestine demonstrations is increasing massively, and how the withdrawal of venues and media smear campaigns show no end.

While the German government shamelessly supports genocide before the eyes of the world, democratic rights are undermined here in Germany to silence protests for a ceasefire. Freedom of assembly, freedom of organization, freedom of the press, and academic freedom have been massively restricted. In this context, we also see the attempt to ban the Palestine Congress. It is an attack on democratic rights and an attempt at international understanding!

And Germany is not the only state attempting to criminalize Palestine solidarity, as the phenomenon has gained momentum in countries like Britain or France: active Palestine solidarity has become the target of repressive legislation in different ways. The concept of freedom of speech is being questioned in Europe, paradoxically in the name of a country that increasingly upholds international law and human rights rhetorically with astonishing arrogance.

Therefore, we demand that the state of Berlin cease its efforts to ban this congress and stop the repressions against the Palestine conference . Freedom of speech and assembly must be defended.

It is up to us in the Palestine solidarity movement to vehemently oppose any form of repression and censorship!