German politicians and media attack Greta Thunberg for condemning the genocide in Gaza

German politicians and media attack Greta Thunberg for condemning the genocide in Gaza

Truth and freedom of expression are always among the first casualties of imperialist war. While Israel is committing a massacre of the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip, bombing schools, places of worship, hospitals and other civilian infrastructure, any criticism of this is denounced as antisemitism and terrorism.

Climate protest with Greta Thunberg (right), 27 October 2023 [Photo: Greta Thunberg on X]

One of the most prominent victims of this hysterical campaign is the Swedish climate activist and initiator of the international Fridays for Future (FFF) movement, Greta Thunberg. In recent weeks, she has condemned Israel’s crimes in numerous statements and at mass demonstrations organised by the climate movement.

“Today we are striking in solidarity with Palestine and Gaza,” she declared a few days after the start of the Israelis mass murder in Gaza. “The world must raise its voice and demand an immediate ceasefire, justice and freedom for the Palestinians and all civilians affected.”

Most recently, at a protest of around 85,000 climate protestors in Amsterdam, she called for “listening to the voices of those who are oppressed and who are fighting for peace and justice.” When an elderly man on stage snatched the microphone from her hand and spoke out against Thunberg’s political views, she chanted, “No climate justice on occupied land,” and tens of thousands joined in.

Thunberg’s clear statements against genocide and in favour of the oppressed Palestinians and the response she received reflect the widespread opposition, especially among young people, to militarism, imperialism and war.

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