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Jordan police say 25 hurt in Nakba clashes
Published Monday 16/05/2011 (updated) 17/05/2011 22:51
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A Palestinian refugee shouts at Jordanian policemen while raising a baton during
a demonstration in Karama, west of the Jordanian capital Amman and near the
Jordanian-West Bank border on Sunday. Jordan's public security department says 25
people, including 11 policemen, were injured in clashes when authorities barred
demonstrators from marching the Israeli-controlled border. [AFP/Khalil Mazraawi]
AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) - Jordan's public security department said on Monday that 25 people, including 11 policemen, were injured in clashes when authorities barred demonstrators from marching on the Israeli-controlled border of the occupied West Bank.

"Three policemen are still in hospital and one of them is in serious condition, after he was run over by a demonstrator. Others who were injured in the clashes on Sunday have left the hospital," a department statement said.

Police on Sunday barred more than 500 people from marching on the border to mark the 1948 creation of Israel -- when 760,000 Palestinians were forced or fled from their homes in an event known in Arabic as the "nakba" or "catastrophe".

The demonstrators, including 200 students, were intercepted a few kilometers from the King Hussein crossing, or Allenby Bridge, on the Jordan River that defines the frontier with the Israeli-occupied West Bank, less than an hour's drive from Amman.

"Some demonstrators provoked police with their chants, while others tried to break the security cordon to cross the border, throwing stones and water bottles at police," the statement said.

"The police had to use tear gas and the suitable force to disperse them," it said, adding that 11 people were arrested for attempting to cross Allenby Bridge.

On Saturday, police prevented a group of students calling themselves "the May 15 Youths" from marching on the border, which Israel controls.

Jordan's Islamist opposition movement condemned the crackdown.

"The attack by police on peaceful protesters who were stressing the commitment of Jordanians to the Palestinian right of return was shocking," the powerful Islamic Action Front said in a statement.

"We condemn the attack, which is part of government policies to impose its will on the people, and we demand an end to such policies that have harmed Jordan's image," said the IAF, the political arm of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood.

Jordan, where nearly half of the 6.3 million population is of Palestinian origin, signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994.
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1 ) izzy / usa
16/05/2011 20:53
This is the proper response eof a countries police to curb violence and prevent violence before it happens. Lets not forget that attempting to cross a border is a violation of EVERY countries laws

2 ) obs / Sweden
17/05/2011 00:36
In this way one cannot ask Jordan to close air space 1 h daily for Israeli airplanes. You make mess around. To win you need control yourselfe and do all withoute force

3 ) Ashraf / USA
17/05/2011 06:25
of "EVERY" country that has defined borders. Oh too bad that leaves Israel out.

4 ) ian / Australia
17/05/2011 14:49
Problem is, Izzy, that the Allenby Bridge crosses the Jordan into the West Bank, which is not, by overwhelming international consensus, Israel. It is illegally occupied Palestinian territory. So that gives the Israeli police presence there and the brutal action described above about the same legitimacy as border police in Nazi occupied France.

5 ) izzy / usa
17/05/2011 16:46
#4- according to u it is OCCUPIED/ DISPUTED territory. If it is in fact such then why do palestinians have a right to live there and not jews? it is after all in disute. Besides we both know that if israel were not guarding the border, anyone would walk through. Also, look at the picture. There is a Palestinian women, "peacefully" demonstration with a baton, against a jordanian policeman,

6 ) liz / usa
18/05/2011 12:08
It's a Palestinian land afterall. Palestenians were forced to leave leave their homes & land. It's their right to return back no matter how much it will cost & for how long..There is still hope .. and the day will come !! Israeli attacks should be stopped ..
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