It’s very ironic that a student who dropped out of college to fight ISIS should be heading for trial in Copenhagen for leaving the country and fighting for the same army that Denmark financially supports and trains. Joanna Palani, 23, is facing 2 years behind bars. Denmark had installed a law into place to prevent citizens from leaving the country and joining ISIS. But that’s not what she did. She joined the Kurds who are fighting ISIS tooth and nail.
Palani is often the subject of vicious threats both on and offline following her return to Denmark.
The latest offerings of financial reward for her death were made by ISIS social media channels in several different languages over the weekend, the paper said, citing Arab media.
“How can I pose a threat to Denmark and other countries by being a soldier in an official army that Denmark trains and supports directly in the fight against [ISIS]?” she posted on Facebook shortly after her passport was confiscated by cops last year.
Palani, whose family originate from Iranian Kurdistan, was born in a refugee camp in Ramadi in Iraq during the first Gulf War. Her family won asylum in Denmark when she was a child.
She quit a politics degree to join the Kurdish revolution against ISIS after the extremists rose to prominence in 2014, fighting with both the Kurdish People s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria and Peshmerga forces in Iraq, it said.
In a Facebook post, Palani said she was inspired “to fight for women’s rights, for democracy – for the European values I learned as a Danish girl.”