Karmi Gilon forced to leave Denmark before film screening

January 11, 2014 22:41


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Former Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) director Karmi Gilon, invited to Copenhagen to attend a screening of the Gatekeepers, left the country prematurely Saturday after a police complaint was filed against him.

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 motivated."

Palmor said those behind the move were "extremists who attempt to muzzle free speech and exert intimidation. These elements 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."

The Gatekeeper, ironically, is a documentary of the Shin Bet told from the perspective of six former heads of the organizations, and is very critical of Israel's policies in the West Bank.

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