Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked has prevented senior Jordanian tribal judge Sheikh Trad Al-Fayez from entering Israel, Arab48 reported yesterday.
Shaked tweeted: “After violating the conditions of the visa and serious incitement against the state [of Israel], I ordered that he [Al-Fayez] be banned from entering Israel.”
Al-Fayez, a former Jordanian official, is the chief sheikh of the Bani Sakhr clan. He spent two weeks in the West Bank city of Hebron last month, in an attempt to resolve a dispute between two families.
During his stay, Al-Fayez visited the Negev (Al-Naqab) region and met with Arab tribes living there. He praised their loyalty to their Arab identity.
Israeli right-wing activists launched a campaign against him, claiming that he “incited” against Israel during his visit. They posted a video of him speaking to a number of Arab residents of the Negev, and saying: “This is Palestine, the land of Arabism and the land of Islam.”
He added: “You are Arabs, even those who cooperate with the occupation will come back to their mind one day.”
Al-Fayez previously held the position of Jordan’s ambassador to Egypt, Lebanon and Qatar.