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German Court Overturns DW Decision to Suspend Palestinian Journalist

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A German court overturned on Wednesday, 22 March 2023 the decision made by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle to dismiss a Palestinian journalist over anti-Semitism accusations in February.

In a tweet on his feed, “I’m back! After more than a year… the labor court rejected the dismissal decision which came under the pretext of anti-Semitism. A strange feeling, but a victory for what is right, nevertheless. Thank you to everyone who stood by me over the past months.” Alawi said.

Alawi was fired after an investigation found that in 2014 he wrote social media posts that were considered anti-Semitic under the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism(IHRA).

The posts in question condemned the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in 2014 in which over 2,000 Palestinians were killed.

“What the terrorist state of Israel is doing to the Palestinians is a repeated Holocaust,” Alawi wrote on his Facebook page that same year.

This crackdown on free speech was not the first since the topic is Palestine. Western democracy is being destroyed to protect the Israeli occupation and whitewash its crimes and violations against the Palestinian people. 

These blatant attacks on supporters of Palestine have been seen before in a concerted effort to silence Israeli occupation critics once. 

CNN fired Marc Lamont Hill as a contributor after he called for “a free Palestine from the river to the sea” during a speech at the UN.

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute revoked  Angela Davis’s award for supporting the BDS movement.

Political scientist and son of Holocaust survivors Norman Finkelstein, whose tenure was denied and his reputation was tarnished by DePaul University over his criticism of Israel.

Yale University’s Department of History Yale University’s Department of History rejected Historian Juan Cole for criticizing Israel.

Guardian dismissed Journalist Nathan Robinson as a columnist after joking about U.S. aid to Israel.

The University of Georgia banned Journalist and filmmaker Abby Martin from speaking at the University for refusing to sign a pledge to forbid her participation in the BDS movement.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fired the Scholar Steven Salaita over “disrespectful” tweets he published from his personal Twitter account criticizing Israel’s aggression on Gaza Strip in 2014.