‘We Will Appeal’: German Court Dismisses Palestine Activists’ Efforts aimed at Reversing Anti-BDS Law

The Bundestag 3 for Palestine is challenging Germany's anti-BDS law in court. (Image: Courtesy of B3 for Palestine)

By Hebh Jamal

A hearing took place at the Berlin Administrative Court on Thursday, October 7,  regarding the action brought by the Palestinian-Jewish-German Initiative, Bundestag 3 for Palestine (BT3P), to challenge the anti-BDS decision of the German Parliament.

On May 17, 2019 , the German Bundestag with a broad majority adopted the “Resisting the BDS Movement with Determination-Combating Anti-Semitism” (PDF) motion that condemns the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement as ‘antisemitic’ and demands that  governmental bodies and municipalities may neither financially support nor grant public space or any form of cooperation to any organization that adopts BDS.

Judith Bernstein, Amir Ali and Christoph Glanz, BT3P’s plaintiffs, aim to legally challenge the Bundestag in court, aiming to nullify the anti-BDS decision. 

In a press statement released Friday, BT3P stated that it made it clear to the court that their human rights work for Palestinians, “must not be defamed as anti-Semitic by the Bundestag.” 

“Working for equal rights for all people” they said, “cannot be anti-Semitic.”

The attorney representing them, Ahmed Abed, believes the Bundestag’s anti-BDS decision is in violation of his clients’ freedom of expression and is incompatible with the German Basic Law and European Charter of Human rights.

Since the Bundestag’s decision, 240 Jewish and Israeli scholars reject the resolution which they believe is based on the “false allegation that BDS as such equals anti-Semitism.” 

Even representatives of public cultural and research institutions in Germany opposed the Bundestag decision. “Significant voices and critical positions are being suppressed on the bases of false accusations of anti-Semitism” they said.

The plaintiffs of BT3P have faced drastic consequences for their support of Palestinian human rights and BDS, such as defamation, exclusion from public resources and legal warfare.

The three judges present yesterday afternoon, however, dismissed the lawsuit. According to the administrative court, the basic rights of BT3P have not been violated. They did rule, however, that appeal was possible.

“We will appeal” plaintiff Amir Ali said.

“We are opposing the systematic suppression of human rights work for Palestinians in Germany. Authorities and companies are trying to exclude us with the Bundestag resolution. We will not stop talking about and denouncing the Israeli apartheid that has been established by many human rights organizations. “

You can read BT3P’s full press state here. 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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  1. BDS is by no means an organisation that works for Palestinians – if they were they would address the desastrous human rights record of Palestinian organisations towards ordinary Palestinensian civilian. Its goals are clearly antsemitic.

    It is most ironic that this propaganda instrument, despite its friendly relation to Hamas, pretends it has any business with human rights. They are free to spread their antisemitic messages in every pub or cultural sites of private ownership – which is exactly what the right of free speech implies. However, these people are cheeky enough to demand state sponsorhips for their propaganda – against 90% of German democratic representatives. This is hypocracy!

  2. You foolishly didn’t even bother to read about the 240 Jewish scholars who reject the absurd resolution of your Bundestag.

    BDS always addresses the disastrous, horrifying human rights record of the apartheid, genocidal Zionist state of Israel towards the Palestinians. Moreover, the Zionists’ extremely hateful, savagely violent behavior towards Arabs represents entirely what anti-Semitism is all about.

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