Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman canceled Mohammed Al-Madani’s VIP entry permit, saying the Palestinian Authority’s outreach liaison to Israeli society was engaging in “subversive political activities.”
By Lilach Shoval, Israel Hayom Staff & The Associated Press
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday revoked the VIP entry permit of the Palestinian Authority’s outreach liaison to Israeli society.
Lieberman said the VIP permit of Mohammed Al-Madani was revoked because he had engaged in “subversive political activities,” including trying to create a political party that included Israeli Arabs and Mizrahi Jews.
“It is totally unreasonable for a foreign official to try to establish a political party in a different country,” Lieberman said.
The VIP permit allowed Al-Madani to enter Israeli territory without long waits at checkpoints.
Al-Madani said he had met with hundreds of Israelis across the political spectrum in an attempt to revive the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process and reach a two-state solution. He denied he had been seeking to create a political party.
Al-Madani said the cancellation of his permit exposed the “racist character … Lieberman brought to the Israeli Defense Ministry.”
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