Berlin International Tourism Fair: Police Move In To Protect Israel Booth — from Fair’s Own Guards
by Egri Nök
An original translation from Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin:
Security Staff Harass Israel Tourism Booth
On Thursday police moved in on the International Tourism Fair (ITB) at Berlin fair halls — to protect the Israel booth.
by Hannes Heine
March 9, 2018
[Photo caption (not shown): Israel’s booth at the International Tourism Fair was targeted by harassers — from the security company, of all people.]
An incident occurred at the Israel booth at International Tourism Fair (ITB) at Berlin fair halls on Thursday. Three men from a security company employed by the fair loudly marched towards the booth by the Israel Tourism agency, chanting, “Free Palestine”.
Police dragged the men away in the end and banned the troublemakers. A fair spokesman confirms the incident.
Visitors report that the three men were of Arab ethnicity. It is still unclear if they had caused trouble before or if police are investigating them for causing a disturbance.
Police officers have warned repeatedly that security companies in Berlin employ young men who have connections to notorious clans and radical mosques. There was no harassment at the ITB booths for Turkey, whose military has just moved into the Kurdish-Syrian city of Afrin, or Egypt, which currently sees massive anti-government protests.