Letter from the Editors, 14th December 2023

Support oyoun’s fight against closure – festival this week-end


Hello everyone,

This evening (Thursday) at 7pm, it’s the first of a series of films organised by the Jüdische Stimme. Shot over 25 years, Two Blue Lines examines the human and political situation of Palestinian people from years prior to the creation of Israel, to the present day. By primarily featuring the narratives of Israelis whose positions run counter to their country’s official policy, the documentary provides a portrait of the ongoing conflict which is not usually depicted in the mainstream media. The film starts at 7pm in Café MadaMe near Hallesches Tor. Further films will be shown on 21st December and in January.

Today also sees the start of the 3 day Threads of Resilience festival. Given the current situation and urgency to express, oyoun has decided to co-organise a community-led and collectively curated XNUMX-day festival. The festival includes a press conference, bazaar, panels, film screening, talks, exhibition, workshops, concerts, healing session, theater, puppet show for children, and parties. Admission is based on free donation (nobody will be denied entry if they cannot donate). All proceeds will be given to organizations in support of victims of racially motivated police violence and to organizations providing legal support to people threatened with deportation.

Friday sees the latest discussion in our Palestine Reading Group. This week, we will be talking about The One and Two States Solutions. You can register and find the suggested reading here. Please try and read at least the main texts before you go to the Event. This is the last Reading Group before the holidays. We will use the break to ask you on which day(s) of the week we should meet in the New Year, and which subjects we should discuss. You can join the debate by joining our Telegram group.

On Saturday, marks the fifth anniversary of the Sudanese revolution, six Sudanese organizations* have joined forces in Berlin to organize For Sudan, a day of solidarity, visibility and fundraising. Since April, Sudan has been experiencing a devastating war that has left tens of thousands dead or injured and 6 million displaced. The conflict is not only destroying countless livelihoods, but is also threatening the progress made by five years of revolutionary struggle under the slogan “Peace, Freedom, Justice.” The event takes place in Moosdorfstrasse 7-9 from 4pm till 10pm. United for Sudan is our Campaign of the Week.

On Sunday, it’s the latest  Berlin LINKE Internationals political walking tour postponed from last week to allow people to join the demonstration for Palestine. Red Wedding on the March visits Wedding, which was once Berlin’s most left-wing district. In the German elections of November 6, 1932, 47.1% of Weddingers voted for the communists. Wedding had tenements and terrible poverty, but also reform schools, socialist art, and a proud proletarian culture. Our tour will be meeting at 2pm at Badstraße 38, right where Badstraße crosses the Panke, near U-Bhf Pankstraße. The U8 is currently not running between Alexanderplatz and Osloerstraße, however there is a replacement bus service–but it does require extra travel time. Please plan accordingly. If you register (follow the link above), you will receive a E-mail on Saturday with more detailed information. The tour will finish near S-Bahn Humboldthain between 4pm and 4.30pm.

There is much more going on in Berlin, it’s another very busy week. To find out what’s happening, go to our Events page. You can also see a shorter, but more detailed list of events in which we are directly involved in here.

This is our last Newsletter of the year, but we will still be posting occasional new articles and Events on theleftberlin.com- Enjoy your holiday. The next Newsletter will be sent on Thursday. 4th January.

In News from Berlin, Berlin misses its target of building new flats, and builds fewer than last year.

In News from Germany, Interior Minister Faeser (SPD) considers making the questioning of Israel’s right to exist a criminal offence, wage rises do not compensate for cuts in recent years, Hamburg court rules that spontaneous demonstrations for Palestine are not illegal, far right in Gera protests against refugee homes, and after 5 year delay, trial of right wing extremists starts in Chemnitz.

Read all about it in this week’s News from Berlin and Germany.

This week on theleftberlin, Tareekh Yaadgar looks at the racialisation of Arab men, Phil Butland reports from the first few Palestine Reading Groups, and we look at the current state of oyoun cultural centre’s fight against victimisation by the Berliner Senat.

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Keep on fighting,

The Left Berlin Editorial Board