On Friday, 17 June, activists in Paris gathered outside the German embassy in Paris to deliver a statement against the criminal trial of three Palestine justice activists in Berlin, Germany. The Humbolt 3 – Ronnie Barkan, Majed Abusalama and Stavit Sinai, a Palestinian from Gaza and two Israeli Jewish activists – were charged after they interrupted a Knesset member in 2017 about the massacre of civilians in Gaza during a speech at the Humboldt University of Berlin. The next trial in their case will take place at the Moabit Court in Berlin at 9 am on Monday, 3 August.
Supporters of the Humboldt 3 and defenders of the right to stand for justice in Palestine will gather outside the Moabit court at 8 am on 3 August. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network supports this mobilization and encourages all to join in Berlin as well as to organize actions like this one in Paris, by delivering letters and holding protests outside German embassies and consulates around the world.
The trial of the Humboldt 3, like the political ban and exclusion imposed on Khaled Barakat, the anti-BDS resolution passed by the Bundestag that seeks to classify opposition to Israel, Zionism and even Israeli policy as “anti-Semitic,” the closure of bank accounts for organizations like Jewish Voices for a Just Peace, the deportation and silencing of Rasmea Odeh and the exclusion of international artists for their support for Palestinian rights, highlights the level of anti-Palestinian repression taking place in Germany.
CAPJPO-EuroPalestine, which organized the protest, published the text of the letter and the video of the action at their website. They called upon supporters of Palestine in France to add their names and express their serious opposition to the ongoing criminal proceedings against the Humboldt 3 by emailing the German embassy in France at firstname.lastname@example.org
The letter text:
To the attention of Mr. Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, the German Ambassador to France:
We wish to communicate to you, as citizens committed to the respect of human rights and international law, our concern regarding the proceedings launched by the German government against three activists who will appear next August 3 in the Moabit Court of Berlin.
Stavit Sinai, Ronnie Barkan, two Jewish Israelis, and Majed Abusalama, a Palestinian from Gaza, are accused of having interrupted an anti-BDS propaganda speech on June 20, 2017, at Humboldt University in Berlin, given by a representative of the Israeli government, Mrs. Aliza Lavie, then a member of the Knesset and, as a member of its Foreign Affairs Committee, having approved the Israeli massacres of 2014 in Gaza. (Conference organized by the DIG – Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft. (German-Israeli Society )
These three peace activists, who also received the Copenhagen Courage Award from Ms. Ninna Olsen, deputy mayor of Copenhagen, did not commit any violence. They called upon the representative of the Israeli state to inform the participants about her involvement in the Israeli occupation and colonization, with all their bloody consequences.
It is an action of public benefit, an intervention of support to people in danger, in this case the Palestinian people – who are undergoing a terrible ethnic cleansing, including the theft of land and water, the deportation of populations, the regular bombardment of two million men, women and children in an open-air prison in the narrow enclave of Gaza, and deprived of basic needs such as electricity, clean water or medicines, as well as the imprisonment and torture of thousands of Palestinian children.
Germany is well placed to know that these abuses violate numerous UN resolutions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Conventions, as well as the International Convention against Torture, also signed by Germany.
How dare Germany prosecute men and women of conscience who have done their duty by refusing to turn a blind eye to atrocities that they know all too well for being Palestinian and Israelis?
We know the weight of false allegations of anti-Semitism, which essentially consist of amalgamating Judaism and the State of Israel.
But it is blackmail to which it would be odious to give in and which would lead to becoming an accomplice of another slow genocide, that of the Palestinian people.
We allow ourselves to recall the judgment of June 11 of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) which fully justifies the political actions of boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) against Israel. (https://www.echr.coe.int/Pages/home.aspx?p=home&c=fre)
We thank you in advance for conveying to the German authorities our support and our respect for the three prosecuted activists facing the false accusation of “aggression”, while a video of their intervention proves the contrary.