Hundreds protest Israeli actions in Jerusalem, Sheikh Jarrah

In this photo taken on Sunday, May 9, 2021, demonstrators can be seen at a protest held in solidarity with Palestinians and residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. (Photo: Ameer Khalifa/JNews)
AMMAN — Chants of “the gas of the enemy is occupation” and “Wadi Araba is surrender” filled Rabieh on Sunday afternoon as Jordanians took to the streets to protest the recent events in Jerusalem and to demand the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador in Amman. اضافة اعلان

Hundreds attended the peaceful protest, called for by various political parties and youth activist groups, which took place near Al-Kalouty Mosque in Rabieh, where the Israeli embassy is located. 

Surrounded by gendarmes, protesters of all ages sought to show solidarity with the Palestinian people and the residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where Palestinian families are facing eviction from their homes. In the past week, the government has continued to express its support for Palestinians and its condemnation of the use of violence by Israeli forces.

In addition to showing solidarity, protesters also hoped to affect change within Jordan. Bashar Assaf, the head of the Wihda youth movement, told Jordan News that their aim is to pressure the Jordanian government into fulfilling their demands, which included the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador, the closure of the embassy, and repeal the Jordan-Israel Peace Treaty.

He added that the protest is an act of solidarity on behalf of the Jordanian people, with all youth groups and student associations present to urge the government to take action.

Protestors carried banners and posters displaying different slogans including, “We can’t breathe since 1948,” “No Zionist embassy on Jordanian land,” “Jerusalem is ours,” “Normalization is treachery and the streets are not treacherous,” and “overthrow the agreement of humiliation and shame.”

Maram, 27, attended the protest in an attempt to stop the constant displacement faced by her people in Palestine, telling Jordan News, “I want to be part of the resistance against the Israeli occupation forces. We need to stop Israeli settlements, especially in Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine.”

Fayez Al-Khulaifat who was also among protesters said he “believes in self-determination of the Palestinian people.” Talking to Jordan News, he said, “I want to protest against the occupation’s ethnostate. I want (our) representatives to understand that having an embassy is against the people’s wishes.”

The Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement in Jordan was another organizer of the protest using its platform to oppose the Zionist occupation. BDS shared an invitation to the protest via social media, urging people to show up and take a stance against the normalization of relations.

The movement’s statement on Sunday declared that the embassy, the treaty, and the normalization of political relations are a cover for Zionist violations in Jerusalem. Under the slogan “Jerusalem is not alone”, the BDS movement urged Jordanians to participate in order to support the Palestinian people in their struggle.

Over the past week, the situation in Jerusalem has escalated with occupation forces firing rubber bullets and attacking worshippers in Al-Aqsa. Agence France-Presse reported on Sunday that more than 200 people were wounded at the mosque.

Documentation of violence, arrests, and invasion have been widely shared on social media, provoking public outrage as well as social media censorship.

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