After discussions with German government officials, a senior diplomat at the "Israeli" Embassy told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that the German government has denied a visa to Hamas legislator Dr. Aziz Dweik, who is slated to speak at the eighth annual Palestinians in Europe Conference in Berlin on Saturday.
Aziz Dweik is also known as Abu Hashem. He became speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council in January 2006 and entered an "Israeli" prison in June of that year because of his membership in a terrorist organization. He was released in June 2009.
The Palestinians in Europe Conference will take place in the Tempodrom convention center in the heart of Berlin, and feature pro-Palestinian German politicians and hardcore anti-Israeli Germans.
According to the Palestinian Community of Germany Web site, between 70,000 and 100,000 German-Palestinians live in the Federal Republic, making it one of the largest Palestinian communities in Europe.