300 join anti-Israeli demonstration in Berlin
31 October 2005, BERLIN - Some 300 people joined an anti-Israeli demonstration in Berlin on Saturday, police said.
31 October 2005
BERLIN - Some 300 people joined an anti-Israeli demonstration in Berlin on Saturday, police said.
They said that all the conditions for the controversial demonstration, which is directed at Israel's presence in Jerusalem, were being observed. This included not displaying any inflammatory posters.
The rally was called to mark al-Quds (Jerusalem) day, which was initiated in 1979 by former Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini.
The rallies are held worldwide at the end of the Islamic month- long fast of Ramadan.
At a conference held earlier this week Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's sparked global condemnation when he called for the Jewish state's destruction and said that "Israel must be wiped off the map."
Ahmadinejad defended his remarks later in the week.
Critics of the Berlin rally organized a counter-demonstration, which was attended by about 200 people, including Green Party leader Reinhard Buetikofer, trade union chief Michael Sommer and prominent member of the Party for Democratic Socialism, Petra Pau.
Subject: German news