The 19th annual Palestinians in Europe Conference (PEC), held online on 25 September 2021 in Copenhagen, Denmark, featured speaking appearances by Hamas and European Muslim Brotherhood leaders as well as left-wing parliamentarians from several European countries. According to the conference’s final statement:
The nineteenth Palestinians in Europe Conference concluded its activities on Saturday, 25–9‑2021, praising the unity of the Palestinian people in their recent confrontation with the aggression against Jerusalem and the holy sites. [Translated from Arabic original using Yandex.]
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A series of event videos, titled “Jerusalem Unites Us Till We Return,” featured contributions by PEC and Hamas support leader Amin Abou Rashed and a large number of international activists, including the following European MPs and politicians:
- Christian Juhl, MP for the Danish Red-Green Alliance, who in April 2021 participated in a virtual conference hosted by a recently established European Hamas support group.
- Johan Büser, MP of the Swedish Social Democratic Party.
- Stefano Fassina, former Italian Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance and head of the left-wing nationalist Fatherland and Constitution party.
- Niko Grünfeld, former Copenhagen Mayor for Culture, Copenhagen Municipal Representative, and founder of the Free Greens party.
Other participants included Samir Falah, Chairman of the Council of European Muslims and former head of the Deutsche Muslimische Gemeinschaft, representing the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) in Germany. Another speaker was Hamas leader Ahmed Bahar, Deputy Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council. In August 2012, Bahar delivered a genocidal sermon, saying:
Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, destroy the Americans and their supporters. Oh Allah, count them one by one and kill them all, without leaving a single one.
The PEC first convened in London in 2003 and has been taking place annually in various European cities. The PEC is sponsored by the UK-based Palestinian Return Centre, a Palestine advocacy group tied to Hamas and the GMB. The PRC is also an affiliate of the Muslim Council of Britain, which frequently acts in concert with UK MB groups. Amin Abou Rashed, recently elected as PEC leader, was head of the now-defunct Al-Aqsa Foundation, the Dutch member of the Union of Good (UOG), a worldwide coalition of charities designated in 2000 by the United States as a financing entity for Hamas.
The Hamas charter says that it is “one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine,” and a Hamas journalist has acknowledged the role that the “international Muslim Brotherhood” has played in providing funds for the purchase of weapons. Hamas is known to be supported financially and politically by the GMB.