Fresh rallies as protestors adamant on reversing Israel deals

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Protestors demonstrate in support of Palestinians near the Israeli embassy in Amman’s Rabieh neighborhood on May 17, 2021. (Photo: Tamara Abdin/ Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Jordanian street rallied again on Monday near the Israeli embassy in Amman’s Rabieh neighborhood, protesting the normalization between Jordan and Israel.اضافة اعلان

The attendees, which included men and women from all generations, voiced their support for Palestine, amidst chants of nationalist anthems and calls for the resistance.

Jordanians have been demonstrating daily since the beginning of the latest flare-up between Palestinians and Israelis, to protest Israeli violations against occupied Jersalem and in Gaza and the West Bank, and demand the government take measures to deter Israel.

“What is the gas of the enemy? It is occupation in Amman,” the crowd yelled, in reference to the gas deal signed between the Kingdom and Israel — a $10 billion supply deal with a US-Israeli consortium led by Texas-based Noble Energy, to provide gas to the country’s power plants for electricity generation.

Protesters also chanted “normalization is treachery,” and “Palestine is Arab, in history and in identity,” as they waved the Palestinian flag near Al-Kalouty Mosque, the site of daily protests that have seen turnout in hundreds.

“You cannot imagine the despair we are feeling. We want to put pressure on the international community so they can sanction Israel. This applies not only to Jordan, but to every country that normalizes relations with them,” Osama Hassouneh, aprotester at the scene, told Jordan News.

 “But it does not seem like there will be a response,” he added.

Mohammad Darawi, a member of the Jordanian Communist Party taking part in the protest, told Jordan News that the “Zionist state is corrupt and racist. It is incapable of sustaining its existence. The resistance will be victorious.”

Darawi added that he stands against the Wadi Araba Treaty and the gas agreement. “We stand in solidarity with our brothers in Palestine and the power of the people should not be underestimated,” he said.

Twenty-year-old Salma slammed the actions of Israel and the “inaction of the Jordanian government.”

“This is not something new,” she said. “This is ethnic cleansing and occupation, and there is a big turning point as the world outside is beginning to see this. People who are constantly fed Zionist propaganda are finally realizing the reality of the situation.”

“There has to be a response. The government is supposed to represent the people, and the Palestinians’ lives will not be lost in vain” Salma said.

Holding banners that read “Israel is an apartheid state” and “It’s not a conflict, it’s a genocide,” protesters seek to pressure the government into taking action, according to protesters interviewed by Jordan News.

This series of protests began as Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood in Jerusalem, were facing forced evictions from their homes, to make way for Jewish settlers.

Protests are set to kick off again on Tuesday at the same location, and at the same time; 6pm.

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