Complaint filed with police convinces ex-Shin Bet head to leave Denmark

Danish authorities in the end reject complaint against Carmi Gilon; Foreign Ministry calls complaint “unsubstantiated and politically motivated.”

January 12, 2014 09:22
The six former Shin Bet heads who appear in The Gatekeepers.

gatekeepers 370. (photo credit: Courtesy)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

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 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.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

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 Gatekeepers, 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.

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN