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Controversy over visit by Leila Khaled of the Popular Front for Palestinian Liberation to Barcelona
thinkSPAIN , Friday, May 12, 2017

THE International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA) and B'nai B'rith Nahmanides Barcelona have filed legal action against the city hall for 'cooperating with terrorism'.

Barcelona council is said to have provided 'financial and advertising support' for a fair this coming Sunday which, among its participants, includes Leila Khaled, leader of the Popular Front for Palestinian Liberation.

They say the planned presence of Ms Khaled in Barcelona has 'generated social alarm' and want the National Court to stop her entering Spain.

They list a series of alleged offences against the city council including membership of and cooperation with a terrorist organisation, apology for and promotion of terrorism, financing terrorist activities, misuse of public funds, and power-dealing.

LICRA and B'nai B'rith Nahmanides say Leila Khaled's activities are against Spain's Penal Code, and recalled how the State denied her a visa in 2008 for a presenation she was due to give to Barcelona Youth Council, which ended up having to be transmitted via video-conference.

Leila Khaled's presence is part of Barcelona's Literal Fair 2017, a cultural event which, last year, had as its guest of honour the Nobel Literature Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich.

The mural painting of Leila Khaled is a photograph from the pro-Palestine organisation in Spain,



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