ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 145

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Thousands march against antisemitism in downtown Berlin

Thousands, including a number of prominent German politicians, take part in a rally against antisemitism on December 10, 2023 in Berlin. (MICHELE TANTUSSI / AFP)
Thousands, including a number of prominent German politicians, take part in a rally against antisemitism on December 10, 2023 in Berlin. (MICHELE TANTUSSI / AFP)

Several thousand people demonstrate against antisemitism in Berlin as Germany grapples with a large increase in anti-Jewish incidents following Hamas’s assault on Israel two months ago.

Police estimate that around 3,200 people gathered in the rain in the German capital, while organizers put the figure at 10,000, German news agency dpa reports. Participants in the protest, titled “Never again is now,” march to the Brandenburg Gate.

Germany’s labor minister, Hubertus Heil, says that many decent people are too quiet on the growing antisemitic sentiment in the country: “We don’t need a decent, silent majority — we need a clear and loud majority that stands up now, and not later,” he says.

The event had wide support, with the speaker of the German parliament and Berlin’s mayor among its backers.

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