Jordanians march in support of al-Aqsa Mosque, call for expelling Israeli ambassador

08:47, October 10, 2009      

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Hundreds of Jordanians took to the streets on Friday, calling for severing diplomatic relations with Israel and expelling the Israeli ambassador from Amman in light of clashes between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli troops over the past week near al-Aqsa Mosque.

Carrying pictures of al-Aqsa Mosque, protestors shouted "we will sacrifice ourselves for the sake of al-Aqsa, which is located deep in our hearts," criticizing the silence by the Arab governments over what they described as "serious Israeli violations against al-Aqsa Mosque."

The participants marched to protest confrontations that broke out last week between Palestinians and the Israeli police as a group of Jewish radicals broke into the al-Aqsa Mosque area, a flashpoint site in Jerusalem sacred to both Muslims and Jews. Some Palestinians and several Israeli police were injured during the clashes.

In the demonstration that brought about Jordanians from all walks of life, leader of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood Hammam Saeed said Jordan should cut all ties with Israel and annul the Wadi Araba peace treaty the two sides signed in 1994.

"I call on the Arabs to end the useless peace negotiations and I urge the Palestinians to resort to Intifada (uprising) in the face of the Zionist aggressions and violations against al-Aqsa and the Old City of Jerusalem. Today is the day of anger," Saeed said during the demonstration.

The protestors chanted "No for the Israeli embassy in Amman" calling on Hamas to "liberate Jerusalem." They also burnt Israeli flags.

Carrying Jordanian flags and banners of words of support to the Palestinians, demonstrators labeled Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as a "traitor" calling on him to step down.

They said "Abbas sold the blood of the Palestinians killed in Gaza", blaming him for the delay of vote on Goldstone report that highlights alleged war crimes by Israel against the Palestinians during the 22-day Israeli offensive on the coastal enclave that began on Dec. 27, 2008.

Earlier media report said that a Palestinian Liberation Organization delegation asked the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last Friday to delay a vote on the Goldstone report as a result of U.S. pressure.

On Friday's protest, Abdullah Obeidat, head of Jordan's professional associations' council, which along with the Muslim Brotherhood organized the demonstration, said that "The upcoming stage in Jerusalem will be serious and what is required from the Arab governments and the Jordanian government is to take practical steps to stop the Zionist violations."

"They (Arab governments) should not seek to make protestors silent and should allow expression of anger and feelings in this regard," Obeidat said.

Representatives of the Kingdom's 14 workers unions and the Muslim Brotherhood slammed the public assembly law, which entails obtaining a prior approval by the governor of each area for any rally or demonstration, saying it restricts freedoms of the public.

"The public assembly law should be cancelled and the lawmakers should call for canceling the peace treaty with Israel," said Obeidat.

"No more for slogans and empty words of condemnation, al-Aqsa needs liberation," chanted the participants in the demonstration that took place opposite to Jordan's prime ministry.

Source: Xinhua
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