(JNS) Berlin authorities banned on Sept. 25 two Palestinians rappers who glorify terrorism against Israel from performing at a pro-Palestinian rally following pressure by Israeli and U.S. ambassadors to Germany.
The Berlin Senate Department for Home Affairs and Sport announced the ban 30 minutes before the rally, called “Rally to the Palestinian Question,” was scheduled to start in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. The demonstration was not cancelled.
Remko Leemhuis, acting director of the American Jewish Committee office in Berlin, said he is “appalled” that artists who glorify terrorism against Israel and deny Israel’s right to exist would be offered a stage in the heart of Berlin.”
“It is unacceptable that from this historical place, the murder of Jews is called for and the worst anti-Semitic stereotypes are spread,” he said. “The permission for such a hate event cannot be reconciled with the raison d’être and the commitment to the security of Israel. Likewise, the appearance of the anti-Semitic rappers sends a fatal signal to Berlin Jews and jeopardizes their security.”