This is not an anti-Israel blog. It is blog which only have the safety of Danes in mind.
Of course it is hard to imagine what a Dane did there in the first place but we have to remember that this cowardly act of violence took place before the trial against Niels Holck reached its conclusion.
Back then youth in Denmark felt that they had an obligation to interfere with matters in the third world because they originate from the highest and most advanced civilization in the world. It is clear that there are problems in a lot of countries and that the population is either too lazy or too unskilled to deal with problems on their own.
So why not help and aid them?
What the Niels Holck case told us is that even acts which was legal at the time in Denmark can be judged criminal if the political climate changes. We saw it under World War II. Danish freedom fighters were executed as terrorist. They were condemned by prime ministers like Vilhelm Buhl in 1943 and later praised by the same prime minister in 1946. So there is no fine line between an aid worker to the third world and a terrorist. In general we as Danes shouldn't care about matters abroad regardless of how much hunger and turmoil there is in these countries.
So the Danish peace protester shouldn't have been there but his misguidance has to be accepted because the ruling in the Niels Holck case had not been set at that time.
Still it was an act of a coward. Maybe the military command should discipline this soldier because his actions is now seen as typical level of conduct to expected by their authorities and certainly nothing which would boost tourism to Israel.
- Shalom Eisner, Israeli Defense Force Officer, Hits Denmark Protester In Face With M16 Rifle, Is Suspended (The Huffington Post)
- Dansk fredsvagt vil slæbe israelske soldater i retten (Kristlig Dagblad) - In Danish