On Monday evening, hundreds of people gathered in Berlin to protest the situation in Gaza and the Israeli army’s attacks on Rafah. The Berlin police confirmed this to the Tagesspiegel when asked. Around 300 people had gathered at the Brandenburg Gate in the early evening, chanting and waving Palestinian flags. Despite an attempted physical attack on a press representative, things remained calm.
In addition to the gathering at the Brandenburg Gate, there was also a spontaneous meeting reported in Neukölln. However, no further details were available about this event. Videos shared on social media showed around 100 people chanting “Free Palestine” and “Ceasefire Now” on the corner of Pannierstrasse and Sonnenallee. Other videos depicted people spread around a “Rafah” lettering made from tea lights, chanting for an end to the Israeli occupation and calling Israel a terrorist state. They shouted slogans such as “Stop the Genocide” and “Free Palestine.”
The protests are believed to be related to the Israeli army’s advance on Rafah, which is located in southern Gaza and has around 1.3 million residents according to UN figures. Prior to the war, Rafah had approximately 300,000 inhabitants.