Friday, May 4, 2007
Belgian authorities turn back Palestinian minister despite having a valid visa
"Dr. Basem Naim, Minister of Youth and Sport in the PA unity government, who was on his way to attend a conference on Palestinian refugees in the Netherlands, was turned back on Friday by Belgian police.
Dr. Naim, who arrived at Brussels on board an Egypt air plane on his way to Holland, was prevented from disembarking by Belgian police.
In a phone call to al-Jazeera Arabic satellite TV, Dr. Naim said that he was treated in a "provocative and inappropriate" manner by the Belgian police who did not even allow him to leave his seat.
He was told by the Belgians that his visa was cancelled, but he told the Arabic channel that ministry officials were in touch with Dutch government on Thursday about rumors that the minister's visa was cancelled and they were told that the visa was not cancelled......"
So, this is the Europe the stupid "unity government" is still counting on to break the blockade? How stupid and naive can you be!