Berlin (dpa / bb) - Pro-Palestinian demonstrators took to the streets on Saturday in Berlin against the background of the escalation of violence in the Middle East conflict.

According to the police, around 120 people gathered at Hermannplatz and moved to Neukölln town hall.

The move was peaceful.

The demonstrators demanded “Freedom for Palestine” and recalled the “Nakba” (German: catastrophe).

On May 15, the Palestinians will commemorate the displacement and flight of hundreds of thousands in the course of the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Further demonstrations were announced for the late afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Protestant and Catholic Churches in Berlin and Brandenburg condemned attacks on Jewish institutions in Germany as "unbearable".

It is unacceptable that synagogues and Jewish institutions are threatened, vilified and attacked, declared the Protestant regional bishop Christian Stäblein and the Catholic Archbishop Heiner Koch together.

After the violent escalation of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas, there were anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli demonstrations in several cities in Germany.

Israel flags were lit. In Gelsenkirchen, 180 people marched from the station forecourt towards the synagogue and chanted anti-Semitic slogans.


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