Samidoun joins Boykot Israel protest and meets with parliamentarian in Copenhagen

On Tuesday, 11 August, Mohammed Khatib, Europe coordinator of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, joined Boykot Israel-DK for a protest in front of Superbrugsen Supermarket in Nørrebro, Copenhagen.

Activists distributed hundreds of flyers calling for a boycott of all Israeli products so long as Israeli apartheid, occupation and colonization of Palestine continue. Customers and passers-by welcomed the flyers, and inside the market activists found many Israeli Medjoul dates, which were adorned with “Boycott Israel” stickers.

Two store managers came out, claiming it was illegal to put stickers on their products – activists responded that it is illegal to sell these dates, which are mostly produced in illegal Israeli settlements. After a discussion, the store managers returned inside and the activists remained in front of the store.

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This event came shortly after multiple actions for the Days of Resistance in Copenhagen, organized by the Internationalt Forum Middle East Group and Stop Annekteringen af Palæstina 2020.

Prior to the protest, Mohammed Khatib joined Johnna Mortensen and Irene Clausen of the Internationalt Forum to meet with MP Christian Juhl of the Enhedslisten, the Red-Green Alliance, at the Danish parliament.

Mohammed provided detailed information on the situation of Palestinian prisoners and emphasized the importance of international support for the liberation of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and for all  Palestinian rights, including a liberated, democratic Palestine from the river to the sea.

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Earlier, on 7 August, Mohammed Khatib addressed a “people’s kitchen” in Copenhagen. The event was attended mostly by youth activists and included a comprehensive discussion of the Palestinian struggle as well as the situation of Palestinian prisoners. A massive banner highlighting the campaign to free Georges Ibrahim Abdallah and Ahmad Sa’adat framed the room.

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On Sunday, 9 August, the events continued in Copenhagen, as the Internationalt Forum hosted an event remembering the legacy of Ghassan Kanafani’s revolutionary cultural work and commitment to Palestinian resistance.

The event was attended by Anni Kanafani, Ghassan Kanafani’s widow and the founder of the Ghassan Kanafani Cultural Foundation, which runs kindergartens and children’s programs throughout the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, as well as Fayez Kanafani, Ghassan Kanafani’s son. Anni Kanafani introduced Mohammed Khatib, noting that Mohammed, as a child, had attended summer programs organized by the Foundation in Ain el-Helweh refugee camp.

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In his speech, Mohammed shared the story of Abu Samre Younis, a longtime Palestinian activist in Copenhagen, talking about his journey as a youth to become part of the Palestinian revolution.

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The event was moderated by Irene Clausen of the Internationalt Forum, longtime Palestine organizer and author of the book, “The PFLP and Palestine” (published in Danish.)