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Berlin: Pro-Palestinian protesters disrupt Gevatron concert

Ten protesters cry out 'Free Palestine', hurl CDs and JNF boxes during Israeli folk group fundraiser concert

Itamar Eichner
Published: 10.07.12, 12:12 / Israel Culture

Pro-Palestinian protesters started a riot and cried out "Free Palestine" during a Gevatron concert in Berlin over the weekend, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday.


The Israeli folk group was performing at a Jewish National Fund and Israeli House fundraiser when 10 protesters disrupted the show immediately after the first song.

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They cried out "Free Palestine" and held out signs protesting JNF activity in the settlements. The protest was organized by the BDS movement which promotes a boycott of Israel.  


The protesters included Palestinians residing in Germany, Iranians, a Spanish activist and two Israelis. They hurled JNF boxes and Givatron CDs and knocked over signs.


"They made a big and very loud mess," Yoel Parnass, the band's manager, told Yedioth Ahronoth. "Some of the band members were really startled.


"It is the first time in the band's 65 years of existence that such a thing has happened. We perform abroad quite frequently and our shows always go over quietly."


The disruption lasted roughly 10 minutes before local security guards managed to remove the protesters from the room. The band was then able to resume the concert.


"It was quite frightening and very unpleasant for the hosts, the hall's owners, who received us so nicely," Parnass added. "But after the show resumed it only boosted the atmosphere further."



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