German police megaphone used in anti-Israel rant

BERLIN (AP) — German police allowed an anti-Israel protester to climb inside a police car and shout slogans including “child murderer Israel” and “Allahu akbar!” — Arabic for “God is Great!” — through a police megaphone, a spokeswoman for Frankfurt’s police said Sunday.

Police let the protester use the megaphone during a Free Gaza demonstration Saturday because he had offered to calm down a protest that had turned violent, spokeswoman Virginie Wegner told The Associated Press.

“We as police had come up spontaneously with this unusual method and he abused it — we didn’t expect that,” Wegner said, adding that police were investigating the incident. “Police are neutral during protests.”

Instead of calming things down, the protester — whose identity was not revealed — shouted anti-Israel slogans in German and Arabic in downtown Frankfurt. A video that went viral shows a crowd following the police car, cheering and repeating the chants.

More than 2,000 people participated in the Frankfurt protest, many waving Palestinian flags and wearing T-shirts calling for a boycott of Israeli products.

The head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, condemned the incident.

“I’m shocked that a German police car was used to spread hatred and agitation,” Graumann told the AP. “It was a big mistake that the police let themselves abuse for this”…

h/t Nicolai Sennels

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I cannot find the video mentioned above with a (very) quick search, but to get a feel for things, see this one from Kassel, Germany.

The Jüdische Allgemeine called it the largest anti-Semitic demonstration in Germany since 1945 (sorry, no time for further translating)

h/t Politically Incorrect (German, again, no time to translate).

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