Arson attack comes after removal of anti-Israel ads on 35 buses with picture of 2 women beside the quote: “Our conscience is clean! We neither buy products from the Israeli settlements nor invest in the settlement industry.”
Four buses in Copenhagen were found on fire in a suspected anti-Israel arson attack Friday morning, the Copenhagen Post reported.
The attack, in which several other buses were covered in anti-Israel graffiti calling to “Free Gaza” and “boycott Israel” comes a week after a pro-Palestinian group was made to remove several advertisements on buses calling for the boycott of Israeli products.
The advertisements on 35 buses in the Copenhagen area pictured two women beside the quote: “Our conscience is clean! We neither buy products from the Israeli settlements nor invest in the settlement industry.”
But they were dropped by Movia within just four days after the company “received a significant number of inquiries regarding the Danish Palestinian Friendship Association’s campaign against Israeli settlements.”
“It’s a clear attempt to deny us our freedom of speech,” Fathi El-Abed, chairman of the Danish Palestinian Friendship Association, told AFP after the campaign was pulled. “There is nothing whatsoever about this campaign that is harmful, discriminatory or hateful in any way,” he added.
El-Abed condemned Friday’s attack calling it a “criminal act” and fears that the finger would be pointed at Palestinians as the perpetrators.
Local police are investigating the incident.
View original i24news publication at: http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/europe/70531-150509-danish-buses-set-on-fire-in-suspected-anti-israel-act