Hindsight: German police apologize for ripping down Israeli flag

*  Berlin: a 35-year-old man who identified himself as Palestinian attacked a guard outside a synagogue in Berlin with an iron bar.

          Arab attacks synagogue guard in Germany

     
How many dead Jews are “proportionate?”   Apparently not even 
six million, as spineless German police pander to a Muslim mob
 by breaking into a private apartment to 
tear down an Israeli flag. 

Rolf Cebin, head of the police department in Duisburg, in western Germany, said, “the removal of the flags was — in hindsight — the wrong decision.”

“Given what I know today, I would have solved the problem in a different way, in order to avoid an escalation,” Cebin added.  (what ‘other way’ is he talking about?)

Berlin — A German police chief issued a formal apology on Tuesday after his officers tore down two Israeli flags during a recent protest against Israel’s incursion into Gaza.

Rolf Cebin, head of the police department in Duisburg, in western Germany, said, “the removal of the flags was — in hindsight — the wrong decision.” Officers entered the unoccupied apartment to remove the flags after demonstrators began pelting them.

The police said they were acting to defuse a situation that threatened to turn violent as over 10,000 people marched through the city in protest at Israel’s actions in Gaza.

“Given what I know today, I would have solved the problem in a different way, in order to avoid an escalation,” Cebin added. (Just curious: what ‘other way’ would that have been?)

The ripping-down of the flags sparked furious reaction from Jewish groups, one of which — the Simon-Wiesenthal-Centre — described the action as “cowardly” and “incomprehensible.”

“Can anyone imagine police storming into a privately-owned house to remove a Hamas flag?” the Central Council of Jews in Germany asked Monday.

In a separate incident in Berlin, a 35-year-old man who identified himself as Palestinian attacked a guard outside a synagogue in Berlin with an iron bar.

The man wanted to register a protest against Israel’s war in Gaza, a police statement said.

AFP/Expatica

Thanks to Pamela:

UPDATE: Michael translates for us:

It appears the police is convinced it made the right decision, since the Israeli flags (there were two) incited the Muslim mobs in the street..

New video shows the removal of two Israeli flags and not just one as was first thought. Instead of slapping a yellow Star of David on armbands, now they are removing the Jewish star. (hat tip Kasper)

 German police break into private home to remove Israeli flag to appease “peaceful” protesters: 

These pictures tell the story: police tearing down the Israeli flags which some of the demonstrators had been throwing stones and snowballs at, chanting “Israeli child murderers” and “Allah is great”. Now the German Jewish Council is criticising the police :

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“The attitude of the police leads us to believe that there is a double standard here. Why should a harmless flag be removed, with forced entry into an apartment to tear it down, yet all the banners carried by the Palestinian supporters and all the chanting calling for the destruction of Israel and for people in Israel to be killed, all quite openly shouted out, those banners are allowed yet the Israeli flag has to be taken down. We cannot see the justification in this.”

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Now the young man who hung the flag from the window the previous Saturday can see the pictures on the internet, but he doesn’t want to speak publicly through fear of possible reprisals by violent Islamists.

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“I would never have thought that freedom of opinion in Germany would have become so controlled that the Star of David flag could be seen as provocative and that the police would give in to Islamists.”

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These accusations are flatly rejected by the Duisburg police, who today reiterated that forced entry into the flat and the removal of the flag was justified, as was the limiting of the freedom of expression of the man who had displayed the flag.

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“The main criticism is this: firstly, the people throwing stones should have been arrested, the people chanting “F***ing Jews” should have been arrested and there should have been better security arrangements provided.”

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“We had thousands of demonstrators getting more and more worked up, the police then have to get involved, property was being damaged and at that point we came to the decision that the flag was causing it.”

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The police feels its actions were justified as (they say) the crowd calmed down again once the Israeli flag had been removed.

One thought on “Hindsight: German police apologize for ripping down Israeli flag”

  1. * Arab attacks synagogue guard in Germany

    He had no choice. “Anger has to be let out” (in the case of the peaceful ones), and the
    German polizei failed in their duty of care to demolish the synagogue before it provoked
    him to violence.

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