On Friday, police officers stand between counter-demonstrators and the shop where the press conference is taking place in front of a press conference for the 2024 Palestine Congress in Berlin.
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The mayor of Berlin is demanding that the police take strict action when anti-Semitic statements occur. He thanked the officers for their efforts.

bErlin's Governing Mayor Kai Wegner sharply criticized the so-called Palestine Congress in the capital this Friday and announced consistent police intervention in the event of anti-Semitic statements. “It is unbearable that a so-called Palestine Congress will take place in Berlin,” said the CDU politician to the German Press Agency.

“We do not tolerate anti-Semitism, hatred and agitation against Jews in Berlin. “That’s why the Berlin police will take consistent action if anti-Semitic statements or crimes occur at this meeting,” said Wegner. “I would like to thank the Berlin police officers for their commitment to ensuring law and order in our city – and protecting and defending our values.”

The pro-Palestinian event under the motto “We denounce” was scheduled to begin on Friday and run until Sunday. It will take place in Berlin-Tempelhof on Germaniastrasse. The organizers announced this on their website on Friday morning. The location of the pro-Palestinian event had previously been kept secret for weeks. It said: “Only people with a valid ticket can be guaranteed access.”

Police prepared for spontaneous demonstrations and rallies related to the congress from Friday to Sunday. According to the announcement, the organizers write about “Israeli apartheid, genocide and German complicity” in the “genocide” in the Gaza Strip. There is no mention of the unprecedented massacre with more than 1,200 deaths that terrorists from the Islamist Hamas and other groups carried out in Israel on October 7 last year.