Top ho­tel turns down film honour­ing ter­ror­ist

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

A FILM honour­ing a con­victed Pales­tinian ter­ror­ist will not be screened at a leading Lon­don ho­tel.

The Pales­tinian Mis­sion in the UK had been pro­mot­ing a show­ing of Mar­wan: A film about the life and strug­gle of Mar­wan Bargh­outi, which it said would be at the May Fair Ho­tel.

Bargh­outi has mas­ter­minded at­tacks on both Is­raeli mil­i­tary and civil­ian tar­gets. He is cur­rently serv­ing five life sen­tences in an Is­raeli prison for mur­der after a trial held in a civil­ian court.

The Pales­tinian Mis­sion’s state­ment said the film was be­ing screened “to mark Pris­oner’s Day in sol­i­dar­ity with the 6,500 Pales­tinian po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers in Is­raeli jails, many of whom will start a hunger strike on this day”.

Pro-Is­rael groups in the UK pointed out that the event would co­in­cide with Yom Hashoah, Is­rael’s me­mo­rial day for Holo­caust vic­tims. North West Friends of Is­rael said that “pay­ing trib­ute to a murderer of Jews on Holo­caust Day” was “dis­gust­ing”.

How­ever, a spokesper­son for Ed­war­dian Ho­tels Lon­don said the film would not be screened at the May Fair.

The ho­tel had re­cently been ap­proached to host a pri­vate screen­ing. “As is usual busi­ness prac­tice, we re­viewed the re­quest and un­der­took stan­dard due dili­gence, fol­low­ing which we have de­cided to not progress this event any fur­ther”.

The Jewish Hu­man Rights Watch group con­grat­u­lated the ho­tel on its de­ci­sion.

It said: “Fol­low­ing the re­cent mur­der of Han­nah Bladon in Jerusalem by a ter­ror­ist and the five in­no­cent vic­tims of [West­min­ster ter­ror­ist] Khalid Ma­sood, the last thing we need is a film glo­ri­fy­ing ter­ror to be shown any­where, es­pe­cially not Lon­don”.

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