Rallies supporting Jerusalemites grow on second day of protests

Thousands of Jordanians call for ‘on-the-ground’ actions against Israeli violations

Protesters rally in support of occupied Jerusalem and in solidarity with Palestinians in Amman’s Rabieh neighborhood, near the Israeli embassy, on Monday, May 10, 2021
Protesters rally in support of occupied Jerusalem and in solidarity with Palestinians in Amman’s Rabieh neighborhood, near the Israeli embassy, on Monday, May 10, 2021. (Photos: Ameer Khalifa/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Several protests were held around the Kingdom on Monday in solidarity with Palestinians against Israeli violations in occupied Jerusalem.
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Thousands of Jordanians rallied across the Kingdom at seven different locations in Amman, in addition to protests in Irbid, Zarqa, and Balqa governorates.

The capital’s main event, saw hundreds of people gathering at Al-Kalouty Mosque, close to the Israeli embassy in Amman’s Rabieh neighborhood, for the second consecutive day. Protesters chanted, “Palestine is Arab,” “no embassy, no ambassador,” and “we will take death over humiliation.”

Turnout also included members from the Jordanian Communist Party and the Islamic Action Front.

Tulene Manna, an attendee at the Rabieh protest, told Jordan News that she believes that the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel stands in the way of Jordan’s support for Palestine.

“We hope things will change, but closing the Israeli embassy is a huge step that Jordan is not ready for,” she said.

Ward Al-Allan, a 24-year-old activist and a member of Wihda (Unity) political party, led the crowd alongside his comrades. He said he took part in the protest as a show of support for the resilient Palestinian youth.

“We are here today to reiterate the Arab identity of Al-Quds and Palestine in general. We reject the Israeli settlement activity and occupation,” Allan told Jordan News. “We are also demanding the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and the overturn of the Wadi Araba deal and the gas deal.”

The activist added that the protest aims to exert pressure on the government in order “to take action on the ground against the normalization of Jordan’s relationship with Israel.”

“We need them to take actual measures, rather than make empty promises. Jordan is funding the Zionist occupation with the gas and water deals. At the very least, we need them to stop this funding,” Allan concluded.

The protests saw a handful of people arrested, a Jordan News photographer reported.

Meanwhile at a different sit-in, dozens gathered in the capital at noon around the Islamic Action Front Party’s headquarters in Abdali area. Protesters held banners condemning Israeli actions and calling for the closure of the embassy in Amman.

“To our people in Jerusalem, we will not let you down,” and “dear government, Al-Aqsa Mosque awaits actions not words,” read some of the signs held by demonstrators.

The Secretary General of the Islamic Action Front Party, Murad Adayleh, told Jordan News regarding Israeli attempts to evict Palestinina families from occupied Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood that “what is going on in Jerusalem is a continuation of the Zionist program, which has been attempting to confiscate these lands for years.”

“The situation in Jerusalem is really dangerous. The Jordanian people feel like they are part of the cause. Therefore, we are always at the forefront of defending it,” added Adayleh.

“We want the government to elevate its stance to reach that of the people. We are demanding the overturn of the Wadi Araba deal and the gas agreement, in addition to putting an end to diplomatic relations between Jordan and Israel,” concluded Adayleh.

In another sit-in at the Professional Association Complex, dozens of protesters gathered for the same reason.

Head of the Jordan Medical Association, Mohammad Tarawneh, said in an interview with Jordan News that the syndicate provides moral and financial support for Palestinians.

“We have an office in Jerusalem, where we provide aid for the residents by building houses, funding students, paying legal fees and providing healthcare services,” Tarawneh said.

Tensions have sharply escalated since Israeli riot police clashed with Palestinian worshippers on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in the city’s worst disturbances since 2017.

Nightly unrest since then has left hundreds of Palestinians wounded, drawn calls for de-escalation from the international community and sharp rebukes from across the Muslim world.

Public outrage was particularly loud in Jordan, where many people come from Palestinian backgrounds.

As Israel marked its independence, the anniversary of its capturing of parts of Jerusalem back in 1967, Jordanians protested in an attempt to resist the ongoing displacement happening in Palestine.

Sit-ins and protests are planned for tomorrow as well in different areas across the Kingdom.

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