Jordanian MPs want to freeze colleague for ‘ties with Israel’

Published February 17th, 2016 - 11:30 GMT
Jordanian MPs want  to put the freeze on MP member Mohammad Dawaimeh. (AFP/File)
Jordanian MPs want to put the freeze on MP member Mohammad Dawaimeh. (AFP/File)

According to a report by the Jordan Times, 25 Jordanian MPs want to put a freeze on one of their own for what they claim are his 'ties with Israel'.

After reviewing a letter dated April 31, 2013 from Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh to Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour informing him of a 10-minute meeting MP member Mohammad Dawaimeh of Amman's Second District had with Benjamin Netanyahu, his colleagues started questioning his "frequent" visits to the Israeli capital.

The Jordan Times reported seeing the official letter that stated Judah was contacted by Jordan's ambassador to Israel about a Dawaimeh had with Netanyahu and another he planned to have with Shimon Peres, Israel's president.

Twenty-five MPs then sent out a memorandum, rejecting Dawaimeh's visit and asking for a freeze on his membership and revocation of his privileges and provisions

Dawaimeh has emphatically denied meeting with Tel Aviv officials, and questions the authenticity of the letter and the timing of its revelation.

"The whole fuss was over three years ago. Why now?" Dawaimeh asked in a phone interview with The Jordan Times.

"I never informed our ambassador in Tel Aviv of anything. It is all fabricated," he added. 

According to local news websites, Dawaimeh attended the 65th anniversary of the creation of the Israeli State held by Peres on April 16, 2013 in occupied Jerusalem – a day considered by Arabs a Nakbeh, or 'the day of catastrophe".

Angered over this visit, 60 lawmakers demanded Dawaimeh resign his position at that time, the Jordan Times said.

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