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Paris, 30 April, 2012
In a letter to Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning Schmidt , the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed deep concern that, "For the second time in five years, Copenhagen last Saturday 28 April hosted the - on the surface innocuous - 'Conference of Palestinians in Europe'."
The letter pointed out however that, "The Conference's official logo is in the form of the exterminationist 'map of Palestine', overlaying and entirely wiping out the entire territory of the State of Israel."
Samuels also noted, "Online slogans and invitations to Palestinian residents across Europe and political figures - such as the former British MP Clare Short, notorious for her reported offences to the Jewish community - included such incendiary canards as: Israel's "ethnic cleansing", "invasion of the Al-Aqsa mosque", "Israel=racism", "Christian suffering under the Zionists", "existance is resistance" etc..
The appeal continued, "Indeed, the patronage of Tunisian President Mohammed Monsif al-Marzouki and last year's revolution in his country, were diminished in the context of the Copenhagen conference mission statement: 'Our Spring Blossoms Our Return'. Its subtext dashes the liberal-democratic hopes for the Arab Spring, now sadly an episode abused for agitation, incitement to hatred and the old obsessive/compulsive conspiracy theories scapegoating the State of Israel, to avoid peacemaking and confronting responsability for existential problems."
Samuels added, "The conference coordinator attributed the choice of locale to the number of Palestinians in Denmark, reportedly the largest in Europe," which predicated a question to the Prime Minister as to "whether these demographics might influence Danish policy regarding the conference campaign for the demonization, boycott and delegitimization of the Jewish State?"
The Centre insisted, "If Denmark, as current President of of the European Union, is committed to conflict resolution, the two-state solution and to the right and validity of Jewish sovereignty in the Holy Land, it behooves your government to promptly and publicly condemn this Conference's abuse of Danish sovereignty."
"We call on you to denounce the organizors of this hatefest and to ban their return to Copenhagen," concluded Samuels.
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