Two Berlin events rally for Palestine, highlight women’s role in liberation movement

Palestinian and solidarity organizers in Berlin, Germany, are organizing two events in the coming days for the liberation of Palestine. After the Berlin police banned all demonstrations commemorating the Palestinian Nakba on the weekend of 15 May and then repressed the spontaneous mobilizations in the streets for Palestine, a coalition of organizations resisting repression, including Samidoun Deutschland, has come together to stand united for liberation.

The coalition is calling for a demonstration on Friday, 10 June to commemorate the 1967 Naksa, the occupation of the remaining 22% of Palestine, including the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the eastern part of Jerusalem, as well as the Syrian Golan Heights and the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. The demonstration will launch at 5 pm from Rathaus Neukölln and proceed to Kottbusser Tor.

As the organizers note, “We do not just want to recall the Zionist crimes and the role of imperialist powers in the oppression of the Palestinian people and the peoples of the world. Rather, we also want to emphasize that for more than 100 years, despite every aggression and setback, the Palestinian people have continued to resist colonialism and imperialism, until the liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea.”

The demonstration will be followed on Sunday, 12 June with an Arabic-language panel discussion about Palestinian and Arab women in the liberation struggle. Jaldia Abubakra of the Alkarama Palestinian Women’s Mobilization, based in Madrid, Spain, will speak along with Leila of the Collectif Palestine Vaincra, based in Toulouse, France. They will lead a discussion about the leadership and organizing of women in the struggle, the campaign to free imprisoned women, and the movement for the liberation of Palestine.

These events highlight that despite the repression meted out against the Palestinian community, the solidarity movement and anti-imperialist organizers in Berlin, the movement continues to grow on a principled, clear basis for the liberation of Palestine.