She was allowed to speak in Spain. She was allowed to speak to the European Parliament in Brussels. But not in Italy. Leila Khaled’s Italian trip ended before it could begin, at the Fiumicino Airport in Rome. Officially, because of the supposed invalidity of her Schengen visa (a claim that the organizers of her tour are denouncing as false). Unofficially, because of the organized campaign that has worked for weeks, online and in national newspapers, to stop the Palestinian activist from speaking in our country.
They’re still afraid of Leila Khaled. A petition was launched on the Change.org online platform “against the Palestinian terrorist,” while the media representatives of the Italian Jewish community denounced “the visit by the former terrorist.”
In late September, this “terrorist” spoke in Brussels at the invitation of members of the European Parliament about the role of women in the Palestinian liberation movement. She did likewise in her visit to Spain.