German police shut down pro-Palestinian conference


German police braced for spontaneous protests on Saturday after they shut down what was to have been a three-day conference of pro-Palestinian activists in the German capital, Paralel.Az reports citing Deutsche Welle.

Police said they feared that one of the speakers at the conference would repeat the kind of antisemitic remarks he has made in the past.

The speaker, who appeared by video link, was named by organizers as Salman Abu Sitta.

He was the author of a January essay that expressed understanding for the Hamas militants who carried out the deadly October 7 raid in Israel that sparked the ongoing Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

Hamas is classified as a terrorist organization by Israel, the EU, the US and several other Western countries.