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Israelis kill Palestinian in protest in Beit Fajjar near Bethlehem
Hundreds call for expulsion of Israeli ambassador in Amman
Published Friday 14/03/2014 (updated) 19/03/2014 17:38
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(Al-Ghad)
AMMAN (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of Jordanians demonstrated after Friday prayers near the Israeli embassy in the Jordanian capital of Amman, condemning the killing of a Palestinian-Jordanian man by Israeli soldiers earlier in the week.

Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad reported that the demonstrations were organized by leftist, Islamist, nationalist, and youth parties, and protesters called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and the cancellation of the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, which was signed in 1994.

The killing of Palestinian-Jordanian judge Raed Zeiter by Israeli soldiers at the Allenby Bridge crossing on Monday came as part of a wave of killings of seven Palestinians by Israeli forces over a period of about 24-hours earlier this week.

The shooting sparked the fury of both Jordan and the Palestinians, with protesters in Amman immediately following the killing demanding the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and the abrogation of the two countries' 1994 peace treaty.

The statement said Israel had shared the results of a preliminary inquiry with Amman, and had "agreed to a Jordanian request to establish a joint Israeli-Jordanian team to complete the investigation."

A preliminary investigation by the army published on Tuesday claimed that Zeiter had repeatedly attacked soldiers prompting troops to open shoot him dead.

Witness at the scene Mohammad Zayd, however, disputed the Israeli army's claims, and said that an Israeli soldier had pushed Zeiter when he delayed in returning to the bus he was traveling on after it was stopped for inspection.

When Zeiter fought back, the soldier shot him three times in the chest, Zayd added.

Zeiter was buried in his home city of Nablus in the northern West Bank earlier on Tuesday, with Jordan calling for the Israeli soldiers who shot him to be punished.



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1 ) JoeUSA / USA
14/03/2014 20:13
Unfortunately , just like in all other Arab dictatorships , in Jordan , Policies are not responsive to the demands of the people in the street but are in the exclusive realm of the Royal Court.

2 ) Maisie / UK
14/03/2014 20:50
And the deafening silence from the powers in Jordan goes on and on and on.

3 ) The Dirty Democrat / USA
14/03/2014 23:51
Monarchs have been stopped by the force of protest and strike. Resist Persist=Win!

4 ) Hamrah / USA
15/03/2014 06:02
Within the strategic alliance between Jordan and Israel,"His Majesty" needs Israel more than Israel needs Jordan. (In Amman airport there is an exclusive VIP lounge for El-Al passengers). Jordanian regime is unwilling and unable to do anything about this disgrace except some empty gestures.

5 ) Lynx / Palestine
15/03/2014 11:05
The treacherous history of the Hashemites is well known. A Jordanian citizen is killed in cold blood by the Zionist occupiers and they cannot even muster recalling their ambassador. One day, Arab people everywhere will be worth something, but not before the West's dogs are removed.

6 ) JoeUSA / USA
16/03/2014 01:24
The British installed the Hashemites as the go betweens and the enforcers of the newly created Jewish entity. So far it had worked. One dark night , the regime will be gone......

7 ) @ The Dirty Democrat (#3) / Ignorance & Winning
16/03/2014 18:21
You Are So Ignorant Of History, And Need To Redefine A "Win", since: - The PLO** already tried "stopping monarchs by the force", and - The Syrian rebels have "persisted" for 4 years, but there are No "Wins", unless you consider 100,000 dead, and 1,000,000 refugees a "Win". ** The Jordanian Civil War ("Black" September 1970 to July 1971) or conflict was fought between Jordanian and Palestinians, and that "Win" included 5,000 dead Palestinians, and the PLO being expelled to Lebanon.

8 ) Outlier / USA
17/03/2014 19:04
Cooler heads will prevail.
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