“The WDR will suspend the planned start of the moderation of Nemi El-Hassan at Quarks for the time being,” said a message from the station on Tuesday afternoon. “The allegations against her are grave. But it is also difficult to deny a young journalist a professional development. Therefore a careful examination is necessary. “
“That was a mistake”
The “Bild” newspaper had previously reported that El-Hassan had taken part in the Al-Kuds demo in Berlin in 2014. In the meantime, the moderator has distanced herself from participating. On Monday, at the request of the German Press Agency, your management agency shared a statement by El-Hassan: “To take part in the Al-Kuds demos in Berlin seven years ago was a mistake.”
At the annual Al-Kuds demonstrations in Berlin, anti-Semitic slogans were repeatedly shouted and symbols of the pro-Iranian Lebanese Hezbollah movement were shown. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) has issued a ban on Hezbollah. On Al-Kuds Day, which falls at the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan, Iran calls for the conquest of Jerusalem every year. The background is the occupation of East Jerusalem by Israel during the Six Day War in 1967. Al-Kuds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem.
“Under no circumstances attacked people of the Jewish faith”
The statement by the 28-year-old also said about her participation at the time: “Under no circumstances did I utter anti-Semitic slogans during the demonstration, nor did I physically attack people of Jewish faith.” She was not present during riots. It is important to her to position herself against hatred and violence. Her concern was to express solidarity with Palestinians.
“The means were wrong, I say that emphatically today. I therefore distance myself clearly and expressly from the Al-Quds demos and other demonstrations in a similar context. I condemn all anti-Semitic statements and actions, all kinds of violence and especially the violence that took place at these demos, ”the statement said.
Several days ago the West German Broadcasting Corporation (WDR) announced El-Hassan as the new presenter for the science program “Quarks”. Your first broadcast is planned for November. El-Hassan is a journalist, media maker and doctor. She completed her medical studies at the Berlin Charité. She is also part of the founding team of the YouTube channel “Datteltäter”, which has set itself the task of clearing up prejudices against Muslims in satirical videos. The clips are part of the ARD and ZDF radio program for younger people.