May 9 2015
Four Copenhagen buses were found engulfed in flames Friday morning in a suspected arson attack that authorities say could be linked to Muslim anti-Israel motives, according to a Copenhagen Post report. Several other buses were found vandalized, covered in anti-Israel graffiti calling to “Boycott Israel” and “Free Gaza.”
J Post The apparent arson may have been a reaction to a controversy surrounding an advertising campaing urging people to boycott products from Israeli settlements. The attack comes a week after a pro-Palestinian group was ordered by Mavia, the country’s bus operator, to take down advertisements calling for a boycott of Israeli goods.
The advertisements which were removed from 35 public buses featured two woman beside the quote: “Our conscience is clean! We neither buy products from the Israeli settlements nor invest in the settlement industry.”
Local DK The ads 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,” Movia told AFP.
It has since been revealed that the majority of complaints about the advertisements were written in English, leading many to conclude that it was the organized work of a foreign lobby campaign.
The Danish Palestinian Friendship Association told AFP that the removal of the ads was “a clear attempt to deny us our freedom of speech”. “There is nothing whatsoever about this campaign that is harmful, discriminatory or hateful in any way,” Fathi El-Abed added.