(JNS.org) The Copthorne Tara Hotel in London canceled Sunday’s scheduled screening of a film honoring Palestinian arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti, after being informed by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) that doing so may violate British law.
The Palestinian Mission in the U.K. had changed the original venue for the screening of the film, “Marwan: A film about the life and struggle of Marwan Barghouti,” to the Copthorne Tara Hotel after another London venue, the May Fair Hotel, canceled a screening of the film a few days earlier.
“We were recently approached by the State of Palestine to host a private screening at the May Fair Theatre. 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,” said a spokesperson for the Edwardian Hotels London company.
The Copthorne Tara Hotel, located in London’s South Kensington neighborhood, canceled the film screening after being contacted by a representative from PMW, an organization monitoring Palestinian incitement, who spoke directly with the hotel’s manager and alerted him of the potential ramifications of showing the film.
Maurice Hirsch, PMW’s legal director, wrote a letter noting that Barghouti is a convicted terrorist responsible for the murder of five Israelis. The letter also emphasized that holding an event glorifying a terrorist may have “potentially criminal repercussions.” The U.K.’s Terrorism Act of 2006 prohibits the glorification of acts of terrorism, deeming such activity incitement.