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.

More here.

2 Responses

  1. I just don’t see other Eurropean countries taking their cue from Bulgaria.

    For one thing Bulgarians would have unpleasant memories about the Ottaman Turks who held sway up to the 1870’s.

    Further, Bulgaria joined the Axis powers in WW2 but refused to send its Jewish population to Nazi concentration camps.

    And unlike Sweden, Norway, Germany, et al, Bulgaria has a sense of nationhood and pride in Bulgarian culture that they appear to lack.

    (More than 300,000 Turks returned to Turkey in the nineteen eighties in response to a push by the Bulgarian government to bring about greater assimilation.)

    So I would not be too hopeful about Bulgaria setting an example for Western Europe and Northern Europe to follow.

    They don’t have the courage to do that. I hope I’m proven wrong.

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