Pro and anti-Israel protests draw hundreds in Berlin

  • Participants in the anti-Israeli al-Quds demonstration in Berlin, Germany Saturday June 1, 2019, on al-Quds Day at the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. The annual al-Quds, Arabic for Jerusalem, march against Israel drew more than 1,000 participants, with some chanting “Palestine will be reborn!” or “Free Gaza!”. (Annette Riedl / dpa via AP)

  • Participants wave a German flag during an anti-Israeli al-Quds demonstration in Berlin, Germany Saturday June 1, 2019, on al-Quds Day at the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. The annual al-Quds, Arabic for Jerusalem, march against Israel drew more than 1,000 participants, with some chanting “Palestine will be reborn!” or “Free Gaza!”. (Annette Riedl / dpa via AP)

BERLIN — Hundreds of people including prominent German politicians and members of the Jewish community are protesting against a larger, anti-Israel rally in Berlin.

Police in the German capital of Berlin kept the competing protests on Saturday apart.

The annual al-Quds — Arabic for Jerusalem — march against Israel drew more than 1,000 participants, with some chanting “Palestine will be reborn!” or “Free Gaza!” Others waved Iranian flags.

The German news agency dpa reported that the government’s anti-Semitism commissioner, Felix Klein; the Israeli ambassador in Germany, Jeremy Issacharoff; and Berlin’s top security official, Andreas Geisel, attended the pro-Israel rally.

Geisel urged the German government to consider banning the political wing of the militant group Hezbollah.

Some at the counter-protest waved Israeli flags and banners with slogans such as “It’s time to turn Hamas into hummus.”

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