Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany [Image Source: Wikimedia Commons]
In July, anti-Israel activists (affiliated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions or BDS movement) disrupted a talk by MK (Minister of the Knesset) Aliza Lavie at Humboldt University in Berlin, in what was the second antisemitic attack at one of Germany’s most famous educational institutions (click here for the full story). Devorah Weinstein, an 82 year old Holocaust survivor was also in attendance and witnessed the aggressive attack led by the anti-Israel demonstrators. Weinstein was with Aliza Lavie as part of a pro-Israel delegation to Germany. The delegation had just visited the monument in the library square of the university, where in 1933 German students and lecturers burned tens of thousands of books of Jews and opponents of the Nazi regime.
On Friday, a spokesman for the Humboldt University in Berlin told The Jerusalem Post, that the university had filed a criminal complaint against activists who disrupted the June talk by MK Aliza Lavie.
“Humboldt University in Berlin filed a written criminal complaint on June 27, 2017, in connection with the Internet complaint filed [via the police website] by the DIG [German-Israel Friendship Society] Berlin on June 26, 2017,” university spokesman Hans-Christoph Keller said.
The university’s criminal complaint, which appears to mirror that of the Friendship Society, involves allegations against BDS activists Ronnie Barkan, Majed Abusalama and Stavit Sinai, who face charges of trespassing for their activity at the Humboldt University event with Lavie.
The police unit for political extremism is investigating the German-Israel Friendship Society complaint that a female BDS activist, who is believed to be Sinai, can been seen on a YouTube video lashing out at the Israeli delegation.
She “swung [her fists] wildly around her and attendees” as she was escorted from the university room for disrupting the event, according to the Friendship Society complaint. She “continuously attempted to reenter the lecture hall and pounded on the door.”
Lev Haolam thanks the bold pro-Israel activists in Germany for taking a stance against the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel BDS movement; activists like the members of the German-Israel Friendship Society and deputy mayor of Frankfurt, Uwe Becker to name few.