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Diversity Festival Asked Danish Jews not to Display Israeli Flag

The request came during preparations for the city-sponsored Mangfoldigheds festival held early last month, according to the Copenhagen-born Jonas Herzberg Karpantschof, former chairman of the European Union of Jewish Students.
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Organizers had no problem displaying pro-homosexual flags at the Mangfoldigheds festival.

Organizers had no problem displaying pro-homosexual flags at the Mangfoldigheds festival.
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The organizers of a Copenhagen event celebrating diversity asked Danish Jews refrain from displaying the Israeli flag “for security reasons.”

The request came during preparations for the city-sponsored Mangfoldigheds festival held early last month, according to the Copenhagen-born Jonas Herzberg Karpantschof, former chairman of the European Union of Jewish Students.

The Danish Zionist Federation displayed the Israeli flags despite the requests. Several verbal confrontations occurred in front of the federation’s stand but they did not escalate into physical violence, Karpantschof wrote in a report for the website of CRIF, the umbrella organization of French Jews. Karpantschof said that “in reality, it [the request] was an attempt to block the group’s participation.”

Other groups also displayed country flags at the event, the Copenhagen Post reported, and had not been asked to refrain from displaying them.

One of the event organizers, Pernille Kjeldgaard, told the Post, “It is not that there is a flag policy. Specific associations were asked not to display their flags as a safety precaution.” His group, TaskForce Inklusion, had been tasked by the municipality to organize parts of the event.

Max Meyer, head of the Danish Zionist Federation, was quoted as saying, “It is a shame that one group is discriminated against, especially at a diversity celebration.”

In the festival, participants were supposed to offer visitors food and culture connected with their ethnicity. The festival featured a Kurdish stall and three Palestinian organizations, Meyer wrote. Jews, Muslims and Christians shared one stall at the event.

It was the first time that the Danish Zionist Federation participated in the festival.

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5 Responses to “Diversity Festival Asked Danish Jews not to Display Israeli Flag”

  1. Rc Fowler says:

    Diversity festival, i.e., cultural Marxism festival–what a pathetic group of people–they are destroying themselves and their nation!

    Interesting note–the Danes protected most Jewish Danes in WWII!

  2. This is sickning, never expected this from Denmark.

  3. the jewish people they should go ahead and not to be afraid so the will stop piking on us because they are jelous of what the jews can do kadima with israel.

  4. Tim Upham says:

    Denmark has diplomatic relations with Israel, so what is the controversy? Maybe they forgot that Denmark had five wars with Sweden. Should they ban the Swedish flag then?

  5. Anonymous says:

    RC Fowler – I would not count on the Danes supporting the Jews this time around. I believe WWII was an anomoly for any European support for the Jews. If there is a new Hitler, expect young Europeans to help him make the trains run faster. The anti-semitism is entrenched, beyond hellp. Sadly, too many liberal Jews do not understand the existence of Israel would have saved countless lives then and will save countless lives again. Hating Israel is the ultimate suicide mission.

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