German student fined for waving Israeli flag

Thursday, September 10, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff  

A German university student was fined 300 euros by a district court in the western German city of Bochum on Wednesday. Her crime - waving an Israeli flag near an anti-Israel demonstration in January.

The anti-Israeli demonstration was organized by local Muslim groups to protest Israel's military incursion into the Gaza Strip in response to incessant Hamas rocket fire.

When the student and her friends heard about the demonstration, they decided to show up and display their solidarity with Israel by waving an Israeli flag and holding a banner bashing those who practice anti-Semitism disguised as legitimate criticism of Israel.

But the court ruled that displaying an Israeli flag near an authorized anti-Israel demonstration was an unlawful act of "provocation."

The student responded by telling a local newspaper that it was the Muslim demonstrators who were truly provocative in their display of banners and use of chants accusing Israel of perpetrating a Holocaust in Gaza.

The student intends to appeal the court's ruling.

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