Hezbollah dismisses Bulgaria accusation over bus bombing

bulgaria bus bombing 3The Lebanese Islamist Hezbollah movement dismissed on Wednesday Bulgaria’s accusation that it carried out a bomb attack which killed five Israeli tourists last year, saying Israel was waging a smear campaign against it.

Deputy Hezbollah leader Naim Qassem said Israel was directing “allegations and incitements and accusations against Hezbollah” because it had failed to defeat it militarily.

Bulgaria said on Tuesday the Iranian-backed Hezbollah carried out a bombing on a bus in the Black Sea city of Burgas that killed five Israeli tourists in July.

The conclusions of the investigation, citing a clear connection to an attack on European Union soil, might open the way for the EU to join the United States in branding Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

Qassem said Hezbollah, which fought an inconclusive 34-day war with Israel in 2006 and is now part of Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government, would not change course or be deflected by the charges.

“Israel is leading an international campaign to intimidate people and countries against Hezbollah,” he told religious students in southern Beirut.

“All these accusations against Hezbollah will have no effect, and do not change the facts,” Qassem said. “We will not submit to these pressures and we will not change our priorities. Our compass will remain directed towards Israel.”

Mikati has said his government was ready to cooperate with Bulgaria in investigating the attack.

Reuters

  • Moe28

    Accusations with not one shred of evidence shown…. Netanyahu within two hours blamed it on Iran and Hizib… Bulgaria denied a connection for months but i guess now under pressure they gave in and blamed on the Hizib.

    • 5thDrawer

      Evidence comes out in a court, Moe.

      I love this descriptive … “and is now part of Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government,”
      Yah, The party that got 2 seats out of 30 seems to be running the place … ‘part of’ is hardly accurate.

  • Moe28

    Accusations with not one shred of evidence shown…. Netanyahu within two hours blamed it on Iran and Hizib… Bulgaria denied a connection for months but i guess now under pressure they gave in and blamed on the Hizib.

    • 5thDrawer

      Evidence comes out in a court, Moe.

      I love this descriptive … “and is now part of Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government,”
      Yah, The party that got 2 seats out of 30 seems to be running the place … ‘part of’ is hardly accurate.

  • Moe28

    THE ASIAN TIMES.

    CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – The Bulgarian government
    on Tuesday made a mockery of its political
    independence by publicly implicating Lebanon’s
    Hezbollah in last year’s attack on an Israeli
    bus in the resort city of Burgas, despite the
    fact that its “official investigation is still going
    on”, Sofia has yet to make an official announcement
    and there is an absence of trustworthy
    evidence to back the claim.

    Under pressure
    for months by Washington and Tel Aviv to name
    Hezbollah as the culprit for the attack that
    killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver,
    as well as the terrorist carrying the bomb, Sofia
    has appeased Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
    Netanyahu, who within half hour of the bombing
    last July publicly pointed the finger at Hezbollah
    and Iran.

    Unsurprisingly, Netanyahu was
    extremely gratified by the news

    from Sofia and wasted no
    time in calling on Europeans to put Hezbollah on
    their list of terrorist organizations, a
    significant move that would likely exacerbate the
    present civil rights of Muslims in Europe,
    particularly those who are involved in charitable
    fund raising for Hezbollah’s plethora of social
    welfare services in Lebanon.

    The US
    government likewise conveniently interpreted as
    “conclusive” the preliminary finding in the Burgas
    investigation that the “military formation of
    Hezbollah might be involved” in that attack, to
    paraphrase carefully chosen words from Bulgarian
    Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

    According to a Bulgarian expert, Professor
    Vladimir Chukov, Tsvetanov made a “hybrid
    statement” that “like Britain” makes the
    distinction between Hezbollah as a group and its
    “military wing”. “This is a hybrid situation that
    goes on to suggest that there is little chance
    that Bulgaria will name Hezbollah and Iran as
    culprits,” Professor Chukov has told the Bulgarian
    media.

    Tell that to the mainstream media
    that wasted no time in its avalanche of reports
    that Bulgaria has implicated Hezbollah in the
    Burgas bombing. Case in point, in the various
    reports in the Wall Street Journal, London’s
    Guardian, BBC, etc, there is virtually no mention
    of the fact that there is no official position of
    the Bulgarian government as of yet, and that the
    investigation is still on-going. According to
    Professor Chukov, the interior ministry’s news
    leak was meant simply as “a test”. Yet by all
    indications this is a poor and politically
    motivated move by an official of the Bulgarian
    government.

    Opposition’s stern
    warning
    “It is obvious that Bulgaria’s
    government has chosen a political approach and is
    only repeating the interpretation alleged by
    Israel on the very next day following the attack,
    when the investigation had not even started,” said
    Sergey Stanishev, the head of Bulgarian Socialist
    Party, who is also the Chair of Party of European
    Socialists. “The investigation is currently under
    way and there is no way one can be talking about
    decisive evidence regarding the direct
    perpetrators, much less regarding the organization
    that is behind this tragic event … This is
    absolutely unjustified in view of national
    security and the risks that are taken with respect
    to people in Bulgaria.”

    There is no dearth
    of suspicion in Bulgaria and beyond that the
    government official’s statement that the bombing
    “was most likely” the work of Hezbollah militants
    and that there are “obvious links” to Hezbollah is
    based less on hard facts and more on external
    political pressure. According to Minister
    Tsvetanov, two individuals – one Canadian and the
    other Australian – who have lived in Lebanon since
    2006 and 2010 respectively, have been linked to
    the attack and “there is data showing” their
    “obvious links to Lebanon.”

    • 5thDrawer

      You mean it all depends on which ‘ism’ paper one reads? Why do we bother? 😉

  • Moe28

    THE ASIAN TIMES.

    CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – The Bulgarian government
    on Tuesday made a mockery of its political
    independence by publicly implicating Lebanon’s
    Hezbollah in last year’s attack on an Israeli
    bus in the resort city of Burgas, despite the
    fact that its “official investigation is still going
    on”, Sofia has yet to make an official announcement
    and there is an absence of trustworthy
    evidence to back the claim.

    Under pressure
    for months by Washington and Tel Aviv to name
    Hezbollah as the culprit for the attack that
    killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver,
    as well as the terrorist carrying the bomb, Sofia
    has appeased Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
    Netanyahu, who within half hour of the bombing
    last July publicly pointed the finger at Hezbollah
    and Iran.

    Unsurprisingly, Netanyahu was
    extremely gratified by the news

    from Sofia and wasted no
    time in calling on Europeans to put Hezbollah on
    their list of terrorist organizations, a
    significant move that would likely exacerbate the
    present civil rights of Muslims in Europe,
    particularly those who are involved in charitable
    fund raising for Hezbollah’s plethora of social
    welfare services in Lebanon.

    The US
    government likewise conveniently interpreted as
    “conclusive” the preliminary finding in the Burgas
    investigation that the “military formation of
    Hezbollah might be involved” in that attack, to
    paraphrase carefully chosen words from Bulgarian
    Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

    According to a Bulgarian expert, Professor
    Vladimir Chukov, Tsvetanov made a “hybrid
    statement” that “like Britain” makes the
    distinction between Hezbollah as a group and its
    “military wing”. “This is a hybrid situation that
    goes on to suggest that there is little chance
    that Bulgaria will name Hezbollah and Iran as
    culprits,” Professor Chukov has told the Bulgarian
    media.

    Tell that to the mainstream media
    that wasted no time in its avalanche of reports
    that Bulgaria has implicated Hezbollah in the
    Burgas bombing. Case in point, in the various
    reports in the Wall Street Journal, London’s
    Guardian, BBC, etc, there is virtually no mention
    of the fact that there is no official position of
    the Bulgarian government as of yet, and that the
    investigation is still on-going. According to
    Professor Chukov, the interior ministry’s news
    leak was meant simply as “a test”. Yet by all
    indications this is a poor and politically
    motivated move by an official of the Bulgarian
    government.

    Opposition’s stern
    warning
    “It is obvious that Bulgaria’s
    government has chosen a political approach and is
    only repeating the interpretation alleged by
    Israel on the very next day following the attack,
    when the investigation had not even started,” said
    Sergey Stanishev, the head of Bulgarian Socialist
    Party, who is also the Chair of Party of European
    Socialists. “The investigation is currently under
    way and there is no way one can be talking about
    decisive evidence regarding the direct
    perpetrators, much less regarding the organization
    that is behind this tragic event … This is
    absolutely unjustified in view of national
    security and the risks that are taken with respect
    to people in Bulgaria.”

    There is no dearth
    of suspicion in Bulgaria and beyond that the
    government official’s statement that the bombing
    “was most likely” the work of Hezbollah militants
    and that there are “obvious links” to Hezbollah is
    based less on hard facts and more on external
    political pressure. According to Minister
    Tsvetanov, two individuals – one Canadian and the
    other Australian – who have lived in Lebanon since
    2006 and 2010 respectively, have been linked to
    the attack and “there is data showing” their
    “obvious links to Lebanon.”

    • 5thDrawer

      You mean it all depends on which ‘ism’ paper one reads? Why do we bother? 😉

  • Patience2

    What do you EXPECT these hezboshaitans to say, anyway? Admit their guilt and beg for forgiveness??

  • Patience2

    What do you EXPECT these hezboshaitans to say, anyway? Admit their guilt and beg for forgiveness??

  • Prophettttt

    Soon we’ll find out who the real killers of JFK are,and who really attacked Pearl Harbor,and who is responsible for messing around with the Ozon layer!!!!!!Yes all the problems of the world will be blamed on HA.LOL

  • Prophettttt

    Soon we’ll find out who the real killers ofJFK are,and who really attacked Pearl Harbor,and who is responsible for messing around with the Ozon layer!!!!!!Yes all the problems of the world will be blamed on HA.LOL