Former Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) director Carmi Gilon, invited to
Copenhagen to attend a screening of The Gatekeepers, left the country
prematurely on Saturday after a police complaint was filed against
Not knowing exactly where this complaint would lead, Gilon decided
not to take any chances but to leave the country before the screening of the
film. The Israeli Embassy in Copenhagen sought clarifications, but it was not
clear how the judiciary would deal with the complaint.
In the end, the
Danish legal authorities decided to reject it.
Foreign Ministry spokesman
Yigal Palmor characterized the complaint as “unsubstantiated and politically
Palmor said those behind the move were “extremists who
attempt to muzzle free speech and exert intimidation.
strive to conceal from the public in Copenhagen the complex reality with which
Israel has to cope daily, while it succeeds in safeguarding its security and its
democratic character in the best possible way.”
ironically, is a documentary on the Shin Bet told from the perspective of six
former heads of the organization, and is very critical of Israel’s policies in
the West Bank.