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Debate over Palestinian support creates tension in Danish political party

During a heated debate at the annual meeting of the Unity List (Enhedslistens) this weekend, it emerged that several members from the party’s base wish to resume financial support for the Palestinian organization DFLP, despite its participation in a terrorist attack against Israel last October. This proposal has caused a stir not only internally in the party, but also among potential government partners, including the Social Democrats (Socialdemokratiet). Pelle Dragsted, the political spokesperson for the Unity List, tried to raise the issue of government participation, but faced resistance from both within his own ranks and from the Social Democrats. Christian Rabjerg Madsen, the political spokesperson for the Social Democrats, expressed great concern over the attitudes expressed by the Unity List. “It is striking that Pelle Dragsted wants to enter into government with us, while there are quite a few in the party’s base who would rather collaborate with Hamas,” he said. The debate was further fueled when Jan Kjærgaard Hansen, one of the co-signers who wish to resume support for DFLP, in an interview with B.T., opened up the possibility of cooperation with Hamas and even made a comparison between the Social Democrats and the terrorist organization, which Christian Rabjerg Madsen called “completely twisted.” Although Pelle Dragsted and the party leadership rejected the proposal and the ideas it represents, it highlights a deeper division within the Unity List, which could have implications for the party’s future political direction and cooperation opportunities in the Danish Parliament (Christiansborg). The Unity List leadership has not yet commented further on the situation, and it is unclear how this will affect the party’s chances of participating in government. Jan Kjærgaard Hansen has declined to comment further, and a statement from Pelle Dragsted is still pending.

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