The Danish-Palestinian Friendship Association has reacted strongly to
disclosures that a Copenhagen headmistress has found it necessary to warn
Jewish parents away from sending their children to schools in the Nørrebro
Outgoing headmistress of the Rådmandsgade School in the Nørrebro district of
Copenhagen says that she has warned Jewish parents from sending their
children to schools in the district for fear of bullying from a large
Palestinian pupil population in the area.
“We have had some unfortunate episodes that have meant that I have to tell
some parents that it can be difficult to have Jewish children in this area
because there are a lot of Palestinians,” Lise Egholm says.
The Danish-Palestinian Friendship Association says something must be done
“Irrespective of how few or many we are talking about, this is something that
must be stopped,” Association Chairman Fatih El-Abed tells Politiken.dk.
“We know that there are some people, who up in their warped minds think that
they are doing the Palestinian cause a favour. And one or two cases (Ed: of
bullying) are enough to make us ring the alarm bells and do something about
it,” El-Abed says.
He adds that the problem is being addressed, among other things in cooperation
with Jewish and Israeli associations, but that the Danish-Palestinian
Friendship Association will now actively target those who are causing the
He says that one of the problems is that there are not many Palestinians who
actually know what is going on in the Palestinian areas.
“They hardly even know where they come from historically, but many of them
believe that they know something about a conflict which they believe is
religious. But it is a political conflict, not a religious one, and much
more complicated,” El-Abed says.
“They are shooting themselves in the foot and helping no-one with their
behaviour. It is deplorable,” he says.
Some 75,000 people live in the Nørrebro quarter of Copenhagen, 30 per cent of
whom are of immigrant extraction. The quarter has seven schools.
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