Berlin (QNN)- Three BDS activists are being tried for the second time in Germany after they took part in a June 2017 protest at Humboldt University, in the German capital Berlin, against Israeli Knesset Member (MK) for the Yesh Atid party, Aliza Lavie.
The hearing of the Humboldt 3, as they are known – Award winning Palestinian journalist Majed Abusalama, a survivor of Israel’s massacres in Gaza; acclaimed Jewish Israeli human rights defender Ronnie Barkan; and Dr Stavit Sinai, a Jewish Israeli scholar of the sociology of knowledge and postcolonial studies – has started a few hours ago at Moabit Court in Berlin.
In his speech at the court, Barkan reiterated his position. “I also stand here today as the accuser, not the accused”, he said. “If there is any wrongdoing on my part then it is of not doing enough to end the grave crimes that the State of Israel is responsible for.”
“I also stand here as a privileged Israeli-Jew who works to dismantle apartheid.
“A privileged Israeli-Jew”, just like the term “apartheid”, is not a matter of personal opinion but strictly a matter of legal definition. You see, your honor, I don’t define myself as being Israeli or Jewish, but that is the way that the State of Israel defines me — that is my legal status under Israeli apartheid”, Barkan added.
Knesset member Aliza Lavie, as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, oversaw the 2014 attack on besieged Gaza that resulted in 2,200 Palestinians being killed, including 551 children.
Several human rights organizations stressed that ‘Israel’ committed war crimes in its war on the besieged enclave. Meanwhile, ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, had stated that there was “a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation into” Israeli war crimes in Palestine.
In 2017, Lavie used her speech to depict ‘Israel’ as a haven for LGBTQ rights, but when the three activists in the audience challenged her speech by quoting from a United Nations report which accused the occupation state of practicing Apartheid, they were ejected from the meeting. Later they charged with trespassing and one of the activists has also been charged with assault.
During the vigil a letter addressed to the German Ambassador condemning the German states prosecution of the Humboldt 3 was delivered to the embassy.
Protests and vigils took to the streets of several European cities to show solidarity with the Humboldt 3.