Bulgaria thumbs its nose to terrorists, expels Hamas members
Bulgaria has once again thumbed its nose at terrorists, expelling a Hamas delegation
that was visiting the Eastern European country. Hamas was attempting to use the visit to prove that it is being welcomed across Europe. Well, no, it's not.
Three officials from Hamas' parliamentary party the Change and Reform
Bloc -- Ismail al-Ashqar, Salah al-Bardawil and Mushir al-Masri --
arrived in Bulgaria on Wednesday.
The bloc said in a statement
Friday that Bulgarian security ordered them to leave the country before
the end of the five-day visit. They said Israeli pressure was behind the
move, and noted that they entered the country officially.
The Hamas delegation left Bulgaria shortly after.
PLO ambassador in Bulgaria told Ma'an he was informed by the Bulgarian
foreign ministry that they "regret" the presence of the Hamas delegation
and took a decision to ask them to leave.
Amb. Ahmed Madbouh
said the foreign ministry denied it had raided the hotel, but rather had
a "calm discussion" with the Hamas delegates.
Hamas official Ahmad Yousef said Friday that his party's visit to Bulgaria could presage moving Hamas off the EU terrorism list.
he had specific information, which he could not yet reveal, Yousef told
Ma'an that EU countries had "no reservations against removing Hamas
from the terrorism list," with the exception of Germany and the Czech
"There is more than one country in Europe that welcomes Hamas MPs, and this is a good sign," he said.
the Bulgarian government immediately moved to clarify that the
delegates were not officially invited, and would not meet with
government representatives, according to the Sofia news agency.
Sounds like Hamas isn't coming off the terrorism list anytime soon.
Labels: Bulgaria, Hamas, Islamic terrorism