German Court Rules in Favor of Palestinian Journalist Dismissed by Deutsche Welle

Palestinian journalist Farah Maraqa. (Photo: via European Legal Support center website)

A court in Germany ruled on Tuesday that the dismissal of a Palestinian journalist by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle for alleged expression of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views was invalid, The New Arab reported.

The Berlin Labour Court said in a statement released Thursday that DW’s dismissal of Farah Maraqa last year was “not binding” and that a staff council hearing to determine whether or not she be dismissed “was not carried out properly”.

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The posts in question predated Maraqa’s joining the German broadcaster as a freelancer in 2017 and as a contracted member of staff in 2021, meaning there was “no breach of duty under the employment contract”, the court said.

Maraqa said in a tweet reacting to the verdict on Wednesday that she was “speechless, overwhelmed, and grateful”.

(The New Arab)

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