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German Broadcaster illegally dismissed Palestinian journalist

A German Court slams Deutsche Welle for its illegal suspension of a Palestinian journalist.

Jerusalem24 – Last year, five Palestinian journalists were dismissed by the German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) due to accusations of anti-semitism. Since then the story has been quietly developing.

Last week, Maram Salem, one of the journalists dismissed by DW, announced via a Facebook post that the Bonn Labor Court did not find anti-semitism in her posts.

In her post, Salem said, “The court said at the hearing that the Facebook posts I was accused of are not anti-Semitic and the dismissal is illegal.”

This comes as the other four journalists are also suing DW for being dismissed. An internal review by DW had deemed that some of their online content criticizing Israel was anti-semitic.

Following the court’s decision, Salem is requesting that DW take responsibility and publicly issue an apology and withdraw the allegations. She also says that DW should no longer seek to terminate Palestinian employment contracts for speaking out against violations of Palestinian human rights.

Despite the ruling, the legal battle is still ongoing and Salem and others are still waiting for the next legal steps.

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Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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