This is an exclusive interview with the founder of the Bulgarian volunteer border patrol. This group was made famous recently when they arrested some illegals and their video went viral. Here is the side of the story the MSM did not tell you:
BREAKING PHOTOS – BULGARIA: Bomb squad on scene near Bulgarian airport, after van with explosives were discovered. pic.twitter.com/XetDKCT8NN
— Israel News Feed (@IsraelHatzolah) December 1, 2015
Police searching a suspicious van outside
#Sofia airport. No explosive device found for now
בולגריה: לא אותרה מכונית תופת – יש בסה”כ חשד. פינו טרמינל בשדה התעופה בסופיה. מחכים לעדכון סופי pic.twitter.com/nH4agpNoAg
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) December 1, 2015
The one who detonated the actual bomber’s back pack that is.
Bulgarian police recover DNA evidence of one of Burgas bombers
Hezbollah operative who remotely detonated bomb in suicide bomber’s backpack left hats, towel in hotel room which yield DNA evidence.
Police in Bulgaria have found DNA believed to be from one of the perpetrators of the July 2012 terrorist attack on an Israeli tour bus there, in which Hezbollah is said to have been involved. Bulgarian media published the DNA results on Sunday.
The tourists had arrived in the Black Sea resort of Burgas on a charter flight from Israel and were already on the bus in the airport parking lot when a blast tore through the vehicle. Five Israelis and their Bulgarian driver were killed, and more than 30 Israelis were wounded, some of them severely.
The Bulgarian news outlets Pressa and Offnews reported Sunday on the new evidence implicating Canadi an-Lebane s e national Hassan El Hajj Hassan.
According to the reports, police located DNA from Hassan at a hotel in Nesebar, another Black Sea resort town.
Investigators believe he was responsible for the logistics of the attack. He arrived in Bulgaria on June 28, 2012, and it is believed that he activated the bomb by remote control on July 18.
Bulgaria has been in the news lately, Andy Bostom reminds us that he was on top of the situation long before the news broke, providing the historical context to traditional Bulgarian animosity towards Islamic hegemony. Thanks pal, you’re the greatest.
H/T: Andy Bostom
Contemporary Jihadism and Remembrance of Bulgaria’s Islamic Past—Lessons from Bistra Tsvetkova
October 12th, 2010 by Andrew Bostom |
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Murad I (d. 1389), Ottoman conqueror of Sofia in 1385 A.D.
The first of two recent reports by the invaluable Ned May at Gates of Viennahighlights the resurgent jihadism in the former Ottoman Muslim colony of Bulgaria. Given the predictably self-loathing reaction of Bulgaria’s prototypical Leftist media, it is well past overdue for such uninformed ignorami to understand what the yoke of the Sharia inflicted upon their noble ancestors, invoking Santayana, ad nauseum…
Bistra Tsvetkova [Cvetkova] (1926-1982) was a Bulgarian-born scholar who studied in Sofia, Cairo, and Paris, before obtaining her PhD from Leningrad University in 1972. Her doctoral thesis analyzed the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans during the early fifteenth century. Dr. Tesvetkova became a member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 1952, and a professor at Sofia University, and concurrently, director of the Commission on Ottoman-Turkish source materials, in 1972. The Universite de Strasbourg conferred upon her an honorary degree in 1981. Tsvetkova’s major work, Les Institutions Ottomanes en Europe was published in 1978. Not long after a horrific traffic accident, during which her husband was instantly killed, and she was seriously injured, Dr. Tsvetkova committed suicide, August 16, 1982.
Here are the conclusions from her Russian essay, which translates, “Religious and ethnic discrimination in Bulgaria during the period of Turkish rule,”:
The Ottoman feudal aristocracy purposely encouraged the religious fanaticism of the Muslims, and the hatred of the Muslims towards the non-Muslim reaya [raya; “dhimmis”]. By these means the ruling class intended to distract the Turkish peasantry from the ever-increasing social antagonism within the state, and to prevent them from recognizing their true class enemies and originators of their oppression and exploitation.
More here at Andy Bostom’s blog.
Both Vlad and Baron Bodissey have a good take on the happenings there, any type of communal/societal push back is welcome.
UPDATE: GOV has another post on this as well.
A second look at the Bulgarian mosque protest.
Thanks to RR and GoV’s hard work, we have another perspective on the protest that took place on Feb. 14 2014.
First, what it was about.
There is a mosque in Karlovo that had been under state control for a century had been handed back to Muslim control. The march took place in another city called Plovdiv, where the protesters took out their frustration on a mosque there.
The mosque that upset them has a close proximity to a Bulgarian hero named Vasil Levski who was a Bulgarian patriot who fought for the freedom of Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke. He and another well known Bulgarian hero of resistance to Islamic dominance, Hristo Botev, were tortured to death by the Turks.
One has to wonder why the muslims wanted control of this mosque back. I can’t help but notice that recently, muslims have been claiming or building major mosques specifically at sites that are significant to Europe’s repulsion of Islamic invasion in the past, or are near centers of power now.
A few examples are:
These mosques were built in Jerusalem specifically within the ancient walls of the most sacred site to Jewish people on earth. There is no way that Jews could rebuild their ancient temple known to most of us as, ‘The Wailing Wall”, referring to the one remaining part of the first Jewish house of worship, without knocking down these two islamic beachheads.
For many years, muslims used the Western wall as a urinal.
Tours will have its Grand Mosque when the 5 million euros necessary for its financing have been found – in 3 years, at the earliest. A quarter of the sum has already been collected. The land was purchased by the Paris Mosque, subsidized by Algeria. On November 29, 2008, amidst great ceremony, the first stone was laid. In 732, a Muslim army was defeated outside the city of Tours by Charles Martel and the Franks. The Battle of Tours was one of the most decisive battles in history since it stopped the Islamization of Europe (at least for 13 centuries). Adolf Hitler bitterly regretted that the Muslims had not won in Tours.
(Lots has been written about this one)
And there are many many more Im sure, not the least of which is the gargantumosque to be built to coincide with the Olympics in the UK. I am unaware of any other religion that feels a need to establish its grandiosity in that fashion.
So this may help to explain a touch of the reasons why the Bulgarians are so upset. Add to that, this excellent article at Gates of Vienna and it gets pretty clear.
Shared sorrow is half a sorrow.
Bulgaria being a staunch ally of Israel, I believe that the words of their president is greatly and warmly appreciated by Israel. Also worth noting, is that not only is Bulgaria standing with Israel, it also acknowledges that the Jihad against Israel is the one and the same that’s currently being waged against the West.
Bulgaria: Death of Israelis, Bulgarian driver ‘our 9/11’
Bulgaria’s President Rosen Plevneliev says Bulgaria “experienced our September 11” last year in Burgas.
BERLIN – Bulgaria’s President Rosen Plevneliev announced on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in the US that Bulgaria “experienced our September 11” last year in Burgas, in which alleged Hezbollah operatives murdered five Israelis and a Bulgarian national.
Speaking at a conference on security for South East Europe, Sofia News Agency reported that Plevneliev said, “We experienced our September 11 – that was the terrorist attack at the Burgas airport in 2012 that claimed innocent human lives.”
He continued, “We saw firsthand the inhuman essence of terrorism and experienced [it] on our own territory. As members of NATO and the EU we are stronger to face this ugly and inhuman act.”
Plevneliev said the investigation into the Burgas bus bombing has entered the final phase. The Bulgarian authorities asserted in February that operatives from Hezbollah’s armed wing carried out the attacks. Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry later named the two suspects behind the deadly attack as 32-year-old Australian citizen Meliad Farah, also known as Hussein Hussein, and 25-year-old Canadian citizen Hassan el-Hajj Hassan.
The alleged Hezbollah suspects are believed to be in Lebanon. In addition to their Canadian and Australian citizenships, Hassan and Farah are citizens of Lebanon.
It’s been a year since the atrocity of the bus bombing terror attack in Burgas Bulgaria, the widows of the victims murdered by Arab terrorists speak their thoughts since that time.
Widows of Burgas victims mark 1st anniversary of tragedy
Year after Burgas terror attack, survivors Natalie, Gilat, who lost their husbands in bombing, tell Ynet of difficulties to overcome trauma, will to move on
Noam (Dabul) Dvir
Coworkers and friends Gilat, 29, and Natalie, 27, both lost their husbands in the fatal bombing on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in the Bulgarian resort town of Burgas in July 2012. A year later, the two friends struggle with their losses as they raise children who will never get to meet their fathers.
This week, Gilat and Natalie mark the first anniversary of their husbands’ deaths. Their bodies healed, but the pain persists. The trauma still haunts them, but with it the will to move on.
Amir and Natalie Menashe left their baby boy Rom at home in the summer of 2012 to take a vacation with their friends, Itzik and Gilat Kolengi, who had also left a baby, Noya, at home. The vacation ended with the tragic death of Itzik and Amir, as well as of three other Israelis and the Bulgarian bus driver. Some 30 people were injured in the blast.
Natalie, Rom, Gilat, Noya (Photo: Yaron Brener)
Ever since the terror attack, Gilat and Natalie have grown closer than ever. They told Ynet that their bond is based on their shared experiences both in the past and in the present.
All fingers pointing to Iranian involvement with Heznazis in carrying out this act of terror on Israeli citizens in Bulgaria. So what are the Europeans waiting for, why haven’t they placed Hezbollah on the terrorism list, or are they sympathetic to Islamic fascism?
Iranian with Canadian passport arrested in Bulgaria
Agent who monitored Sofia Chabad Jewish center and synagogue arrested with Canadian passport weeks after Burgas bombing.
BERLIN – Bulgarian police officers last summer arrested a Canadian citizen linked to the Iranian government who engaged in surveillance of the local Chabad center in the capital of Sofia, a well-placed and reliable local source toldThe Jerusalem Post last week, on condition of anonymity due to security reasons.
An Iranian-sponsored female agent in her 50s, holding a Canadian passport, traveled from Istanbul to Sofia several weeks after the bombing of the Israeli tour bus in the Black Sea resort town of Burgas in July 2012. She was arrested on her first day in Sofia after the Bulgarian police, on high alert, noticed she was monitoring the Chabad center.
Her mission was to survey the Chabad center – which houses a synagogue – and not the main Sofia Sephardi synagogue, as first reported.
The Canadian may be a dual Iranian-Canadian citizen.
The source added that Bulgarian security officials detained a group of individuals after the Burgas terror attack. It is unclear who the detainees were.
In February then-Bulgarian interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov announced that Hezbollah operatives, including a dual Lebanese- Canadian citizen, had been responsible for the Burgas bus attack resulting in the murders of five Israelis and a Bulgarian national.
Now tell me, how is the Fatah any less fascistic than the Hamas?
The Fatah should be placed on the exact same list as the Hamas as well. The charade of Fatah being a viable, non-terrorist (secular) entity has gone on long enough.
Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a leading expert on the Hamas/Fatah rivalry, tweeted on Friday: “Did the PLO mission in Bulgaria play a role in the eviction of the Hamas delegation? Why else would it be involved?” On Saturday, when the Post reported that Bardaweel and other Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip said the Palestinian Authority Foreign Ministry contributed to the decision to expel the Hamas representatives, Schanzer’s view was confirmed.
Analysis: Making sense of Hamas’s visit to Bulgaria
The hello-goodbye Hamas affair coincides with swirl of debate over Bulgaria report attributing Burgas bus explosion to Hezbollah.
BERLIN – The arrival of three Hamas representatives in Bulgaria last week – believed to have obtained their visas in Cairo – and their forced exit on Friday after less than 48 hours on EU territory appears to have caught Bulgarian authorities and politicians off guard.
After the European Union largely aligned itself with Israel’s right to respond to rocket attacks from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip during November’s Pillar of Defense operation, the status of Hamas as an anti-peace political pariah among a majority of Western liberal democracies is still intact, although the terrorist organization continues to crave political legitimacy. Bulgaria has quickly internalized the Hamas security threat.
“During their stay in Bulgaria we obtained information that their presence was creating a serious threat to national security,” Bulgaria’s National Services domestic intelligence agency said in a statement on Friday.
The hello-goodbye Hamas affair coincides with a swirl of debate over Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov’s report attributing the Burgas bus explosion to Hezbollah operatives, which resulted in the deaths of five Israelis and their Bulgarian bus driver in July.
Time for the EU to get serious, Sophia shows the way.
Excellent article by Lori. This shows signs of sanity within Europe after all.
Bulgaria Kicks Hamas to the Curb
although Hamas members entered Bulgaria legally, information was later received which gave security services reason to believe that their presence posed a serious threat for national security
By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus
Published: February 15th, 2013
Is it possible that Bulgaria is now setting the bar for European countries in dealing with terrorism?
In August, 5 Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver were murdered in a terrorist bombing at the Black Sea resort of Burgas. Last week the Bulgarians issued a report of their exhaustive investigation, which named the Shia terrorist organization Hezbollah as the terrorist masterminds behind the murders.
Now Bulgaria has taken another bold step against terrorism within its borders.
As reported in the Jerusalem Post, after a Hamas delegation came to Bulgaria this week they were forcibly expelled from the country.
Members of the Bulgarian security services entered the hotel rooms of the three visiting Hamas delegates early in the morning on Friday, February 15, and drove them to the airport. The expelled terrorist group members reportedly flew to Istanbul. According to the Arab Palestinian media outlet Ma’an, the names of the three are Ismail al-Ashqar, Salah al-Bardawil and Mushir al-Masri, who belong to the Hamas Change and Reform Bloc.
The Hamas group was in Bulgaria to present to an EU member the “Palestinian narrative and expose the false Israeli narrative on the Palestinians and Hamas,” according to the Post report.
Hit the road jack, and don’t ya come back no more, no more, no more, no more.
UPDATE: AR informs the TT that Maan says that the NGO responsible for inviting the Hamas delegation was…
Bulgaria’s Center for Global and Middle East Studies. Head of the center Mohammed Abu Assi told Bulgarian news site Dnevnik.bg that the visit aims 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.
‘Bulgaria security forces raid, expel Hamas delegation’
Raid on residences of visiting Hamas delegation allegedly prompted by Israeli, US, British pressure; Bulgarian government denies meeting with Hamas, says Palestinians were in Sofia on “private visitation.”
Bulgarian security forces on Friday raided the temporary residences of a visiting Hamas delegation in Sofia, and then expelled the officials from the country, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported.
The Hamas delegation arrived in Bulgaria on Wednesday to present the “Palestinian narrative and expose the false Israeli narrative on the Palestinians and Hamas.” The visit was the first of its kind by Hamas officials to a member of the EU.
Ma’an quoted a statement released by Hamas’ Change and Reform parliamentary list as saying the that the Bulgarian move was at least in part prompted by Israeli, US and British pressure.
On Thursday, the Bulgarian government flatly rejected reports that meetings between official representatives of the government and Hamas officials took place.
I would like to know exactly what NGO Hamas was meeting with, and the names of those involved in the meeting.
She said the Hamas representatives are “on a private visitation of an NGO” in Sofia.
Bulgarian government denies meetings with Hamas
Terrorist group’s representatives are visiting country privately rather than officially, says Bulgarian Interior Ministry spokesman.
BERLIN – The Bulgarian government flatly rejected on Thursday reports that meetings between official representatives of the government and Hamas officials took place.
Vessela Tcherneva, the spokeswoman for the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry, told The Jerusalem Post that “the news about an official visit of Hamas is wrong and false” and no one has invited Hamas from the side of the government.
She said the Hamas representatives are “on a private visitation of an NGO” in Sofia.
A spokeswoman for Israeli Ambassador to Bulgaria Shaul Kamisa Raz conveyed a statement to the Post from Israel’s top envoy in the country saying that “Hamas is recognized as a terror organization by the EU. There can be no ambiguity about this group and its purposes. As for this recent visit to Bulgaria, we are looking into this. In order to understand the exact circumstances under which this visit took place, we prefer not to make any further comments at this point.”
Ismail al-Ashkar, the head of the Hamas parliamentary list Change and Reform, led the delegation. Hamas legislators Salah Bardaweel and Mushir al-Masri, who is also a spokesman for the Islamist terrorist movement in the Gaza Strip, accompanied him.
One less active Iranian operative & staff in the West.
I call for Iranian ambassadors to be kicked out of every capital in the West. Face it, Iranian embassies are just staging grounds for operations against the West, denying them a foothold on Western soil would be the prudent option to take.
UPDATE: Bulgaria now saying that it’s just a case of term ending, new replacement expected shortly. Click here.
Iranian ambassador to Bulgaria Gholamreza Bageri speaks to reporters in Sofia February 8, 2013 Photo: REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
Iran slated to recall ambassador over Burgas probe
Bulgarian media reports Iran’s ambassador to leave Sofia after interior ministry implicates Hezbollah operatives terror attack.
BERLIN – The Bulgarian interior minister’s investigative result implicating Hezbollah operatives in the July bombing of an Israeli tour bus prompted the Islamic Republic on Saturday to recall its ambassador to Sofia, according to Bulgarian media.
The Bulgarian media reported Iran’s ambassador Gholamreza Bageri will leave Bulgaria’s capital – Sofia – and the Iranian government will downgrade its diplomatic relations with Bulgaria.
The diplomatic fissure was first reported by the online edition of 24 Chasa daily, according to the English language Bulgarian wire service Sofia News Agency.
Bageri stated at a Friday press conference that the Burgas attack has “nothing to do with Iran.”
Bulgaria’s interior minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, accused two members of the Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah of carrying out a bomb attack in the seaside resort of Burgas, which resulted in the killing of five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian Muslim bus driver. The explosion caused injuries to over 30 Israeli tourists.
The Bulgarian press reported that Bageri commented that Bulgarian-Iranians relations have been friendly prior to the Burgas attack. US and Israeli intelligence officials said in July that the terror act was a joint Hezbollah-Iran operation.
Now lets see if the EU is up to the task in placing them on the terrorist list.
- Read also: Europe’s Hezbollah Problem (Benjamin Weinthal)
- FT reporter sorry for suggesting Israel bribed Bulgaria
Three Cheers for Bulgaria’s Indictment of Hezbollah’s Terror
Sofia, Bulgaria — Defying substantial German and French pressure to not explicitly name Hezbollah as the terror group behind the bombing of a tour bus that killed one Bulgarian national and five Israelis in July 2012, the Bulgarian authorities have blamed Hezbollah operatives for the murders.
Bulgaria’s interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov declared, “We have established that the two were members of the militant wing of Hezbollah,” and, “There is data showing the financing and connection between Hezbollah and the two suspects.”
Bizarrely, the French and German governments have seriously watered down their counterterrorism policies and refused thus far to include Hezbollah in the EU’s terror list. The major continental European powers have showed no desire to stop thousands of Hezbollah members from raising funds within Europe. The money is funneled back to the headquarters of the Lebanon-based terror entity to aid the militia in its murderous enterprise.
In response to the finding, Representative Ed Royce (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued a statement: “Now that Hezbollah has been found responsible for an attack on a European Union member nation, the EU must designate it as a terrorist organization. Failure to do so will only give these killers the opportunity to further organize, recruit, raise funds, and carry out additional terrorist attacks across the continent.”
He rightly termed the EU’s failure to outlaw Hezbollah “incomprehensible” and noted that, “The EU’s indefensible policy on Hezbollah makes defending all of us from Iranian-backed terrorism even more difficult.”
He was never in danger.
So it was an ethnic Turk who jumped the stage of the Bulgarian Muslim politician, we shall see how the Muslim party milks it for sympathy votes later on.
“Police said the gun used during the attack was a non-lethal gas pistol…”
“The authorities are working on the lead that this was an individual action of a criminal … this is a huge stain on Bulgaria’s image,” he told a news conference.
The party called for an international investigation into the assault by the 25-year-old man, who police identified as Oktay Enimehmedov, an ethnic Turk from the Black Sea town of Burgas.
Police said the gun used during the attack was a non-lethal gas pistol and deputy chief prosecutor Borislav Sarafov told reporters Enimehmedov faces up to five years in prison for hooliganism and up to six years for making a death threat.
Political parties in Bulgaria strongly condemned the attack against Dogan, one the most influential political figures in the European Union’s poorest member.
Israel blaming Iran.
UPDATE: Two Buses With 40 Israeli Tourists Blown Up At Bulgarian Airport According to BurgasInfo.com not one but two buses were blown up. Unclear if the second one was also carrying Israeli tourists.
ISRAELI WITNESS IN PHONE INTERVIEW WITH ISRAELI ARMY RADIO SAYS BURGAS EXPLOSION PROBABLY CAUSED BY SUICIDE BOMBER AT ENTRANCE TO BUS
POLICE SAY BURGAS AIRPORT CLOSED, FLIGHTS REDIRECTED TO AIRPORT OF VARNA
7 killed in terror attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria
Explosion tears through Israeli tour bus at Sarafovo Airport in Burgas; over 20 people injured. Israeli mission en route to Bulgaria; Shin Bet suspends flights to region
Latest Update: 07.18.12, 21:04 / Israel News
At least seven people were killed and over 20 others were injured Wednesday in a terror attack on a bus carrying Israelis in Burgas, some 400 kilometers east of the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. Bulgarian media reported that the explosion took place while the bus was still in the terminal of Sarafovo Airport.
According to media reports, an 11-year-old child and two pregnant women were among the injured. Fortunately, the pregnant women are slightly injured. The evacuation of the injured has been completed.
Vlad sent the TT the following vid that gives us all hope in the counterjihad, that somewhere in Europe, people will not willingly submit to Islam’s gross intolerance and supremacy, and fight back with the same measure being meted out to them. Excellent. KGS
Church bells and Church music blare during the call of the muezzin.
NOTE: Then from his holiness, Sheik Yer’Mami, Leftards in Bulgaria endorse 2nd Mosque in Sofia
The Muslims of Sofia are really bumming over this ruling, projecting Islam, and intimidating the public is what this is all about. Now they are being told to “turn it down, but will they comply, that’s to be seen. KGS
H/T: Scottish Infidel
The decision was made during a meeting with Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov and Sofia mayor Yordanka Fandukova, after the Muslim leadership said that the existing PA system was so old that the volume could not be turned down. They were then told to buy a new one and have it installed, the report said.
Hafuzov also said that Ataka (far-right ultra-nationalist political party in Bulgaria) should not claim this as their victory. This comment came in spite of reports in the Bulgarian media that the Muslim leadership had initially contemplated turning up the volume after the May 20 incident in which Ataka members and worshippers got into a fight.
Allegedly, after the fight, Muslims from across Bulgaria “vowed to support their fellow Muslims in Sofia”, Dnevnik daily reported.
People nearby have been complaining not only about the loud noise emanating from the speakers but also about traffic obstruction because of worshippers occupying pavements outside the mosque.
FROM FRANK KITMAN:Bulgarian anti-islam group drowns muslim street prayer in orthodox church-music
Of course it’s automatically assumed that its all about race, and not about the mohammedan creed, but that’s how the agenda is advanced, which means more praying in the streets until the infidels are subdued. KGS
Ankara concerned over rise of racism in Bulgaria
Norwegian Infidel: Following a physical attack by the leader of the Bulgarian far-right, nationalist Ataka party, Volen Siderov, against an ethnic Turkish politician on Sunday, the Turkish capital voiced “concern” on Monday over rising racist attacks on ethnic Turks in neighboring Bulgaria.
“We are naturally concerned, and we are closely following the incidents,” a Turkish diplomat, speaking under the customary condition of anonymity, told Today’s Zaman on Monday, in response to a question on the attack by Siderov.