On May 19, 2022, in Bern, Switzerland, Muslims held a controversial anti-Israel demonstration approved by the police. Unfortunately, the pro-Palestinian and pro-Hilter Muslims turned violent during the protest. Hoping to incite pro-Israeli onlookers, they burned a Bible and shouted threats and antisemitic slurs while waving Palestinian flags.
The “Palestine Group Bern” called for a public rally to “mourn and protest” the alleged “murder of the Al Jazeera Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by “Israeli occupation forces.” The group called the woman’s death “another Israeli crime.”
Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed while covering the fighting around Jenin between the IDF and Palestinian fighters. Anti-Israel radicals and left-wing media have falsely accused the IDF of killing the journalist. Furthermore, the Palestinian Authority has withheld the bullet that killed Akleh. They have refused to have it examined to determine whether an IDF rifle accidentally fired the fatal shot or one of the guns used by the Palestinian terrorists.
Once a month, the pro-Israeli “Israel Forum Bern” also runs a stand on Bern’s station square selling educational reading material, including on the day of the Palestinian demo. “We have set the goal of supporting and actively participating in the fair dissemination of information about Israel,” reads the association’s mission statement. Furthermore, through “correct public relations work,” we want to counteract the “tendentious reporting on Israel in Switzerland” and “antiSemitic tendencies.”
“We don’t actively approach people, but wait and then talk to people interested in the stand,” writes Israel Forum Bern member C. F., who describes on Facebook the aggression of the BDS-porting demonstrators, which was also captured on video.
“Often, it’s about prejudices harbored towards Israel, and in conversation, we break them down. That usually works out well. Yesterday, however, it did not,” said F.
“A bawling mob with flags and antiSemitic hate slogans” had besieged the stand decorated with Israel flags, where mainly Christian Israel lovers of an older age were. Some had made Hitler salutes, and hate slogans such as “Israel terrorist” could be heard on the videos. People spat on the ground in front of the stand, and the atmosphere became increasingly aggressive.
The Muslims then began to burn the Bible. If pro-Israel supporters had burnt a Qur’an in front of an Islamic information stand, there would have been deadly riots. In Europe, Muslims have put non-Muslims and the rest of the free world on notice: if you insult Muhammad, Islam, their holy books, or even fail to consider Islamic law (Sharia) in all things, they will harm you. Muslims have recently caused deadly riots in Sweden and Norway after their “holy book” was burned. However, when Bibles are burnt in public, neither the bystanders nor the police reacts.
After the Bible burning, the pro-Palestinian Hezbollah sympathizers calmed down, and they withdrew from the Israel Forum Bern stand.
“After a while, two police officers showed up, and there were subsequent discussions about what had happened,” writes F., “and the police explained to us that Hitler salutes and burning books were not forbidden in Switzerland.”
The Bern cantonal police confirmed ”a deployment at the station square in Bern on May 19, 2022, at around 8.15 pm. However, when our patrol arrived, no acute confrontation or anything criminally liable could be detected.”