Ras Mubarak Didn’t Apply for Visa – Israeli Amb.
The Israeli ambassador to Ghana Ami Mehl has denied refusing Visa to Ghanaian MP Ras Mubarak who was scheduled to speak at a conference at Palestine.
The National Democratic Congress MP for Kumbungu was traveling under the aegis of the Palestinian Authority to present a paper in Ramallah.
“It is true and very unfortunate,” Mr. Mubarak told Starr News from Jordan.
The Ghanaian MP who claimed he had permit from Israel to carry out his assignment in Palestine through the Allenby Border Crossing was stopped at Jordan.
“When we got to the Jordanian border the Israelis said they won’t allow us to go to Palestine for this particular conference. I find it unfortunate, but I’m not surprised because it is part of a strategy to persecute Palestine and to harass friends of Palestine,” Mubarak stressed.
Speaking to Starr News, ambassador Mehl said the claims by the minister are untrue.
“He didn’t ask me for a visa and was not denied entry into the country. There was not instructions whatsoever to me not give him a visa. Mr Mubarak decided not to do things the right way. Mr Mubarak came to the country without a visa. What he is doing is propaganda, he is a propaganda machine,” he said.
Reacting to the claims however, Mr. Mubarak expressed surprise at the posture of the ambassador and vowed to continue with his activism for the state of Palestine.
“I did not need to go to the Israeli Embassy for a visa because the top officials in Tel Aviv have sorted my entry. My permit was issued by the foreign affairs minister of Israel. Aside myself, some other renowned individuals were refused entry. I have every legitimate right as a citizen of the world to point out injustices”.