Liberman Revokes VIP Permit of Palestinian Liaison

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has revoked the VIP entry permit of the Palestinian Authority’s outreach liaison to Israeli society on charges that he has engaged in “subversive political activities.”

The Defense Ministry says that Liberman revoked the permit of Mohammed Al-Madani because he attempted to create a political party that included Arab citizens of Israel and sephardic Jews.

The VIP permit allowed Al-Madani to enter Israeli territory without long waits at checkpoints.

Al-Madani says he met with hundreds of Israelis across the political spectrum and that “our goal is to activate the peace process.”

Moroccan-born Reuven Abergel, a longtime sephardic activist, called Wednesday’s announcement “patronizing.” He said he met with Al-Madani two years ago to discuss peace, but not to found a party.