…days after Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson said his country will not welcome Hamas legislators, diplomats in Jerusalem and Palestinian sources told Ynet that the Swedish government has agreed to grant a visa to Palestinian Minister for Refugees and Hamas official Atef Adouan.
The Swedish consul general in Jerusalem, Nils Eliasson, told Ynet that Adouan will be granted a visa to Sweden.
“Adouan has been invited to Sweden by a non-governmental organization, and therefore the government sees no problem in his entering the country,” Eliasson said.
Adouan is set to attend a conference in Sweden. His visa application has been approved after similar applications by a number of Hamas officials were turned down.
The other guy, the one they refused — Salah Bardawil (or al-Bardaweel; these names change in transliteration) — isn’t permitted in because he might have attended a meeting where Swedish officials were present. Adouan, on the other hand, is meeting with Swedish citizens who happen to be Muslims. Get the difference? I don’t, though I’m sure the State Department and the Swedes could parse it somehow.
Is Hamas gloating? You bet:
Hamas officials told Ynet that if all goes according to plan, Adouan will enter Sweden despite Israel’s opposition and the remarks by the Swedish prime minister.
Just another small wedge in the door to Legitimacy.
Just another degree of heat on the pot where the frog is beginning to simmer.
Hat tip: LGF