Friday, February 15, 2013

Its reps are roused from bed and thrown out of Bulgaria

Frimet/Arnold Roth..
This Ongoing War..
15 February '13..

An excessively polite Associated Press report today says the government of Bulgaria

asked three lawmakers from the Palestinian Hamas party to leave the country, after they arrived at the invitation of an NGO. Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said on Friday that the lawmakers had entered the country with regular visas "issued, however, on different motives from what they have demonstrated here." He said they had left the country. [AP]

AFP's report gives us a touch more colour:

Bulgarian security service agents "entered the hotel rooms of the three deputies early on Friday morning and drove them to the airport," said Mohd Abuasi of the Centre for Middle East Studies [the head of the organisation that invited them]. He said they then left for Istanbul. [AFP]

The European-funded pro-PLO newsagency Maan says the organization's name is Center for Global and Middle East Studies. It quotes the center's head, Mohammed Abu Assi, saying that the purpose of the Hamas visit was to "improve Bulgaria's image in the Arab world" after the country's government "made a blunder" by blaming Hezbollah for the 2012 bus bombing. AP however says the invitation was made to the representatives of one of the world's most lethal and active collectives of child-murderers:


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