COPENHAGEN — The organizers of a Copenhagen event celebrating diversity asked Danish Jews to refrain from displaying the Israeli flag “for security reasons.”
The request came during preparations for the city-sponsored Mangfoldigheds festival held early last month, according to the Copenhagen-born Jonas Herzberg Karpantschof, former chairman of the European Union of Jewish Students.
The Danish Zionist Federation displayed the Israeli flags despite the requests.
Other groups also displayed country flags at the event, the Copenhagen Post reported, and had not been asked to refrain from displaying them.
Max Meyer, head of the Danish Zionist Federation, was quoted as saying, “It is a shame that one group is discriminated against, especially at a diversity celebration.”
The festival featured a Kurdish stall and three Palestinian organizations, Meyer wrote. Jews, Muslims and Christians shared one stall at the event.
It was the first time that the Danish Zionist Federation participated in the festival.