The parties in the ruling coalition in Germany have agreed to outlaw Hamas flags and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, following demonstrations against Israel and the antisemitic incidents during Operation Guardian last month.
According to a report in the Sunday edition of the Daily De Volt, following last month’s events, Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht addressed Interior Minister Horst Zihofer, proposing to promote a move that would allow the criminal law clause to ban propaganda to organizations on the union’s list of terrorist organizations. European, including Hamas and the Popular Front.
“It seems to me that it is necessary to advance the prohibition proceedings as quickly as possible, especially since legal measures should be punished for the problematic use of symbols by these organizations,” Lambrecht wrote.
The Social Democratic Party, which is also a member of the broad coalition, has expressed concern about the constitutional implications of the proposed measures. “The desired solution in the criminal law raises a number of legal questions,” the Justice Department said last week following coalition consultations.
However, today’s report shows that all the factions have agreed to advance the move and ban the display of Hamas flags and the Popular Front. “We do not want flags of terrorist organizations to be waved on German soil,” said Thorsten Fry, deputy spokesman for the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union. “I am pleased that the Social Democratic Party has joined our initiative. In doing so, we are sending a clear message to our Jewish citizens.”