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Germany: Artists reject the link between “anti-Semitism” and government funding

January 24, 2024

Thousands of intellectuals, including Jewish thinkers, in Berlin rejected a new clause introduced by the German capital’s state government, requiring a commitment against “anti-Semitism” in order to obtain funding for cultural projects. They considered, in a petition they signed, that this clause aims to suppress defenders of Palestinian rights with the aim of silencing criticism […]

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France: Prison sentence for Algerian player Youcef Atal for his solidarity with Gaza

January 16, 2024

A court in Nice in southern France sentenced Algerian football player Youcef Atal to an 8-month suspended sentence on charges of sharing “anti-Semitic content and spreading hatred based on religion” while expressing his support for Gaza at the beginning of the Israeli aggression after a surprise attack by Hamas on October 7. The ruling issued […]

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French prosecutors demand imprisonment of Algerian Youcef Atal for his solidarity with Gaza

January 10, 2024

The French Public Prosecution demanded the imprisonment of Algerian football player Youcef Atal for a 10-month-suspended sentence, and a fine of 45,000 euros, on charges of incitement to violence and hatred, due to his solidarity with Palestine. Youcef Atal will be obliged to publish the penalty imposed on him on his personal Instagram account for […]

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German police raids the headquarters of a left-wing feminist organization in Berlin because of Gaza

January 8, 2024

Media outlets reported that Berlin’s police carried out several raids targeting the headquarters of a left-wing feminist group for allegedly supporting an armed Palestinian organization, one week after an administrative court refused to fund a cultural center after it was accused of anti-Semitism. The Deutsche Welle website said that the police searched six apartments and […]

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With donations from those who believe in freedom of art and expression
“Oyoun” Cultural Center is waging a legal battle against the municipality of Berlin after the latter stopped its funding

December 26, 2023

The leftist cultural center “Oyoun” succeeded in raising 72 thousand euros from donors defending freedom of art in Germany to begin a legal battle against the municipality of Berlin, after the city’s Senate’s controversial decision to stop funding the center under the pretext of engaging in “anti-Semitic” activities. Media outlets reported that in order to […]

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Netherlands speeds up Palestinian family reunification procedures

December 11, 2023

The Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service has begun taking measures to speed up the procedures for reuniting Palestinian families in the Netherlands with their relatives in Gaza, due to the danger to life there, in light of the ongoing Israeli bombing for 44 days, amid demands to set a short and binding time limit for […]

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After her deportation from France
Palestinian Maryam Abu Daqqa: The events in Gaza uncovered the new “Western fascism”

November 30, 2023

Palestinian activist Maryam Abu Daqqa said that she was the victim of a fierce racist campaign that led to her deportation from France to Egypt, pointing out that the events in Gaza revealed “new Western fascism.” She stated in her speech at the solidarity conference with the Palestinian people, at the headquarters of the Egyptian […]

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In a precedent
The UK cancels the visa of Egyptian journalist Moataz Matar because of his support for Gaza

November 29, 2023

The British Home Office revoked the visa of Egyptian opposition TV anchor Moataz Matar, for allegedly supporting the Hamas movement in Gaza, after he took part in a pro-Palestine demonstration. This coincides with France’s deportation of French activist Maryam Abu Daqqa, on charges of supporting the Palestinian resistance. The British Home Office took the decision […]

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After the ban on Hamas and Samidoun
The German Interior Ministry announces its intention to ban other pro-Palestinian associations

November 28, 2023

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser announced her intention to ban more pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel associations, during a parliamentary discussion session on protecting Jewish life in Germany. Germany recently banned the Hamas movement and its Palestinian Samidoun network branch. Faeser indicated that German democracy is defending itself, and added: “We are already working to impose more […]

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He said: I will stand with the truth, even if I stood alone
German club Mainz terminates the contract with its Moroccan player Anwar El Ghazi over his support of Palestine

November 27, 2023

German football club Mainz decided to terminate its contract with its Dutch player of Moroccan origin, Anwar El Ghazi, after he expressed his solidarity with the Palestinian people as a result of the ongoing Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip, which has left thousands dead to date, after a bloody attack by Hamas on Israel […]

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Scholz calls for protecting Jews and warns against burning Israeli flags in Germany

November 23, 2023

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged all people in his country to protect Jews in light of the recent incidents that Germany classifies as anti-Semitic incidents, while the European Commission said that anti-Semitic incidents in Europe have reached unprecedented rates. In an interview with the German newspaper “Mannheimer Morgen” published on Monday, November 6, Scholz said: […]

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For their solidarity with Gaza
Germany: Integration Commissioner warns of increasing racism against Muslims

November 20, 2023

Berlin’s Integration Commissioner, Katarina Niewiedzial, warned of the increase in anti-Muslim racism in the capital, noting that increasing numbers of people of Israeli origins no longer feel safe due to the war in Gaza. “I worry that the current debate is amplifying anti-Muslim racism,” Niewiedzial told the Tagesspiegel newspaper. She added: I would like the […]

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