Israeli occupation authorities denied entry of Ghanaian Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for the Kumbungu Constituency, Ras Mubarak.
According to Mubarak, he was invited by the Palestinian Authority to give a speech in Ramallah, and had received a prior permit from Israel to enter into Palestine but “just when I arrived at the [Jordanian] border, they won’t allow me to enter Palestine.”
The MP has been vocal against Israel’s occupation in Palestine, and recently led a Palestinian Solidarity Campaign in Ghana in protest of the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
As the occupying power, Israel controls all access to the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which comprises the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
“What is this rogue state [Israel] afraid of? The truth? That I would witness the occupation first hand and call them out for the terrorists they are? The politics of discrimination and apartheid should have no place to thrive in the 21st century,” he said in the post.
Mubarak, who seems adamant over the issue further wrote: “…If they change their minds and allow me entry, I would say what I plan to say. If they don’t, I would say it anyway. However how long it takes the oppressed Palestinian people would get Justice.”
The MP, who is an active member of the Palestine solidarity movement in Ghana, and led a pro-Palestine march in Accra, joins a growing list of African parliamentarians and dignitaries who have been denied entry into the Palestine by Israel.
In April 2015, South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, was denied entry into the occupied territories, while en-route to Ramallah to promote research collaboration between the University of Johannesburg and institutions in the Palestinian territories.