Jordanians protest against Israel peace

Jordanians protest again

October 26, 2009 18:13
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Dozens of Jordanian unionists in Amman set an Israeli flag on fire during a sit-in to mark the 15th anniversary of the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel on Monday. The protesters called for the abolition of the treaty. Then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, Jordan's King Hussein and then-US president Bill Clinton signed the peace treaty on October 26, 1994. According to Xinhua, Abdullah Obeidat, chairman of the council of Jordan's professional associations, said at the protest that Jordan is "threatened by Israel in spite of the peace treaty." "Fifteen years have passed since the treaty was signed and it did not bring any good. The treaty was signed against the willingness of the public," the Chinese news agency quoted Jordanian MP Hamzah Mansour as saying. Jordan has lashed out at Israel over recent clashes between Arab rioters and security forces in Jerusalem's Old City, warning that Israel's continued "provocative behavior" in the city could "derail all opportunities for peace and stability in the region." "Any new provocative attempts by Israeli troops and Jewish extremists such as those that happened today in the shrine's compound represents a flagrant violation of international law and conventions and sets the stage for more tension and acts of violence," Jordanian Minister for Media Affairs and Communication Nabil Sharif was quoted by the UAE-based Khaleej Times as saying in a statement on Sunday evening. "Jordan, out of its historical responsibilities in being the custodian of the holy places in Jerusalem, is extremely worried about what is taking place and warns against going ahead with this provocative behavior on the part of Israeli troops," he reportedly added. According to the report, Sharif urged "an immediate end to such dangerous practices which threaten to derail all opportunities for peace and stability in the region." On Sunday, nine police officers were lightly injured and 21 rioters arrested during clashes between Arabs and police on the Temple Mount, in the alleyways of the Old City's Muslim Quarter and east Jerusalem, in a fresh round of violence that threatened to keep already-heightened tensions in the capital simmering.

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