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Middle East protests: Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution: List of undesirable scientists?

Middle East protests: Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution: List of undesirable scientists?
Middle East protests: Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution: List of undesirable scientists?

Did the Ministry of Education provide the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution with the names of lecturers who criticized the clearing of a pro-Palestinian protest camp in a letter? That’s what the secret service says.

The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution says it has not received a list of names of scientists from the Federal Ministry of Education who had criticized the clearing of a pro-Palestinian protest camp at a Berlin university in an open letter.

When asked, the Federal Office in Berlin denied having received such a list. According to dpa information, queries are generally logged in the domestic intelligence service’s database, so that in such a case this could also be determined retrospectively.

At the government press conference last Friday, the Ministry of Education was asked whether the ministry had drawn up a list of scientists who had supported the open letter and given it to the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution. A ministry spokeswoman replied that, to her knowledge, such a list did not exist.

Federal Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP) had criticized the scientists’ open letter and accused the writers of one-sidedly ignoring the terror of Hamas. After emails from her office were later made public and sharply criticized, in which a reduction in funding for the authors of the letter was considered, Stark-Watzinger separated from her state secretary Sabine Döring. She had ordered the review, she had not given it herself and did not want it, the minister explained.

Source: Stern

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