Pro-Israel group denies a Palestinian leader entry to public event at Copenhagen synagogue | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Pro-Israel group denies a Palestinian leader entry to public event at Copenhagen synagogue

Fathi El-Abed, who is head of the Danish-Palestinian Friendship Society, has attempted to register (as a private individual) to the event by mail, as is requested in the open and public Facebook event page. The response he got from the head of MIFF Dina Grossman was as follows:

After recommendation of security personnel I must unfortunately deny your participation.

But Fathi is an extremely peaceful man. He has opinions, indeed strong ones, but he is very diplomatic and polite. As he notes himself, he was working for the Foreign Ministry, where he was “security-screened from top to bottom”. This was obviously not really about security.

A veritable farce unfolded before our eyes, as also the major daily Berlingske got interested in the story, and published a piece yesterday, titled “Prominent debater denied entry to Israel seminar out of fear for synagogue’s security” (Danish).

Dina Grossman laid out a wide array of self-contradictory and ludicrous claims as to what is really behind the ‘security consideration’, which she conveyed to Berlingske:

Fathi El-Abed is an extremist, and we do not want, that he and his friends come to know the internal security and the building’s design. We need to respect the Jewish Community’s angst [sic].

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