Muhammad Esa al-Doima is a member of the Al-Wasat Al-Islamiy party, which is considered moderate but still has a clear Islamic agenda. Al-Dumia has denied the allegations, but media outlets in the Hashemite Kingdom reported Monday that his expulsion has been finalized. President Peres' office did not respond to the report.
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The Al-Wasat Al-Islamiy party explained that al-Doima was expelled because it opposes any kind of normalization with Israel. It issued a statement saying the party member "took part in a ceremony held in the Zionist entity to mark its Independence Day and even shook the hand of the criminal Shimon Peres – a hand that is stained with the blood of Palestinians."
Al-Doima told a Jordanian website he has been visiting Israel regularly since 2003 and that the purpose of his recent trip to the Jewish state was to meet with Palestinian lawmakers and file a petition with an Israeli court asking that it allow residents of east Jerusalem to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque without restrictions.
He denied any support for normalization with Israel and stressed he was in favor of "the liberation of Palestine from the sea to the river."
A member of Al-Wasat Al-Islamiy told the local As-Sabeel weekly that Al-Doima had confessed to participating in the event at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, to which he was invited by the Foreign Ministry.
According to the party member, al-Doima is connected to an energy company which operates in Israel and is owned by a Jewish businessman who holds Spanish citizenship.
Parliament members cheered upon hearing of al-Doima's expulsion. "He should be expelled from parliament, not only from his faction," said MP Haned al-Faiz. Another MP, Muhammad al-Qatatsha, said "he should be expelled from the Jordanian nation."
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