« Hundreds of protesters gathered in Berlin on Sunday to express their support for Israel following a surprise attack by Palestinian militants.
Footage shows protesters gathering in front of Brandenburg Gate holding Israeli flags and signs reading ‘I stand with Israel’, ‘For Israel’ and « No €€€ for Gaza » and ‘Quran do not kill civilians’, among others.
« It’s good that we are in times of horror from these terrible images that reach us from Israel, it’s good to know that we are not alone, ladies and gentlemen, and it’s good to know that Berlin stands firmly at Israel’s side, » Berlin’s mayor Kai Wegner said as he addressed the protesters standing in front of a large Israeli flag.
« It’s a terrorist attack on Israel, which cannot be justified, ladies and gentlemen, and that is why Israel also has the unlimited right to self-defence, » Wegner continued.
Protesters condemned the attacks by Hamas on Israel. « This is not the way to find a solution anyone in the world, neither for the Israeli, nor for the Palestinian people. Horrible, » Thomas, a participant said.
« I think it’s just important that people of Israel know that they’re not alone and that they’re supported by so many people around the world and also here in Germany, » another protester added.
On Saturday, October 7, Palestinian militants fired more than 2,000 rockets from the Gaza Strip in a surprise attack against Israel. Meanwhile, Palestinian gunmen crossed into southern Israel via land, sea and air.At the time of publication, over 700 Israelis have been killed and more than 2,200 injured in the surprise attack, according to Israeli authorities.In retaliation, Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) launched airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza and deployed forces in dozens of locations where fighting has been reported. Hundreds were killed and many more were wounded during the retaliatory strikes on Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his country was ‘at war’ saying there would be ‘severe retaliation’ in response to the attack by Palestinian militants. Senior Hamas member Saleh al-Arouri said the militant group was ready ‘for all options, including a war and an escalation on all levels’ according to media reports.The Palestinian offensive comes on the 50th anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War when Israel was attacked by Arab states on Yom Kippur. »