Politicians in Germany have called for tougher measures against antisemitism after thousands of people attended what became aggressive protests at the weekend in connection with the escalating violence in the Middle East.© Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
In the most violent protest, in the southern Berlin district of Neukölln, demonstrators who had gathered to show solidarity with Palestinians burned Israeli flags, chanted anti-Israel slogans and flew Hamas banners.
“We are experiencing antisemitic protests and despicable hatred towards Jews in these days, which makes it vital that we take on antisemitism much more decisively,” Paul Zemiak, the general secretary of the Christian Democrats, told German media.
The Neukölln demonstration, which drew a reported 6,500 people, was broken up by police who had warned organisers they must adhere to coronavirus restrictions. A small group among the demonstrators threw bottles, stones and fireworks at some of the 600 officers in attendance, who responded with pepper spray. An unknown number of protesters were injured and scores of arrests were made.© Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Riot police face protesters in the Neukölln district in Berlin.
The demonstration had reportedly started peacefully on Saturday morning when 120 people gathered in the district, which is home to a large number of people of Arab origin, and called for a “free Palestine from Jordan to the Mediterranean”.
Video: Anti-Israel-Demonstration in Berlin (Reuters)
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