German court overturns DW decision to dismiss Palestinian journalist – Middle East Monitor

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A German court has overturned the decision made by the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle a Palestinian journalist accused of anti-Semitism was fired from his job in February.

Zahi Alawi returned to work on March 20.

I’m back! After more than a year… the labor court rejected the dismissal decision which came under the shadow of anti-Semitism. A strange feeling, but a victory for what is right, nonetheless. Many thanks to everyone who stood by me over the past months.

Alawi was fired after an investigation found he wrote social media posts in 2014 that were considered anti-Semitic under the International Holocaust Remembrance Association’s definition of anti-Semitism.

Critics have said that the IHRA’s definition of anti-Zionism is the same as anti-Semitism.

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The posts in question criticized Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip in 2014 in which more than 2,000 Palestinians were killed. “It is a repeated Holocaust that the terrorist state of Israel is doing to the Palestinians,” Alawi wrote on his Facebook page the same year.

In total, in February 2022, seven Arab journalists, four of them from Palestine, were expelled after a two-month investigation.

In 2021 the German broadcaster banned journalists from describing Israel as an apartheid state and advised them not to use the term colonialism.

In July 2022, a German court ruled that Deutsche Welle had illegally fired Maram Salem, who was among the seven journalists sacked, and dismissed the anti-Semitism allegations.

“The Facebook posts she was accused of were not anti-Semitic and the termination was illegal,” said a court in Bonn.

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