A Jordanian political party has expelled one of its members of Parliament for allegedly attending a reception with Israeli President Shimon Peres, officials said, according to UPI.
The Islamist Centrist Party (al-Wasat al-Islamiy), after a unanimous vote, said Monday it expelled parliamentarian Mohammad Asha al-Dawaymeh from the party and parliamentary bloc.
The Jordanian website Ammon News reported that the decision was made after the party investigated Dawaymeh’s recent visit to Israel, where he attended a reception hosted by Peres marking Israel's 65th Independence Day celebrations.
A statement from the party said the decision to expel Dawaymeh came because he visited the "Zionist entity" and shook hands with the "criminal" Peres, the site said.
"The Bloc and Political Committee voted unanimously to expel him considering that such acts violate the party's principles and foundations that reject all forms of normalization with the Zionist entity," the statement said.
Dawaymeh reportedly obtained a permit from Jordan’s Interior Minister Hussein Majali to enter Israel with a Saudi license plate, and reportedly met with Jordan's ambassador to Israel Walid Obeidat there.
Sources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Ammon News that Dawaymeh's visit was not prepared by the Ministry, but rather by the Israeli Embassy in Amman.
Asked why he did not travel using a Jordanian license plate, Dawaymeh told Ammon News that his car "is being repaired," adding that the purpose of his visit was to defend the cause of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.