Israel reportedly confiscates PA foreign minister’s travel documents

Palestinian media reports say Israel has withdrawn the VIP travel permit of the Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, as he returns to the West Bank from The Hague.

The move is said to be in retaliation for the International Criminal Court’s decision to investigate Israel and Palestinian terror groups for alleged war crimes from 2014.

The Palestinian diplomat’s travel documents were reportedly canceled as he crossed at the Allenby crossing from Jordan into the West Bank, upon his return from a visit at the ICC.

According to the reports, al-Maliki’s entourage was interrogated by the Shin Bet security services on the scene. The VIP travel pass normally allows Palestinian Authority officials and staff to pass through Israeli checkpoints with minimal friction.

There is no immediate confirmation from Israel or the PA.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Ryad al-Maliki speaks to journalists following the preparatory meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers ahead of the 28th Summit of the Arab League in Riyadh on April 12, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE)