Who said they’re dead?

Makram Tarawneh
Makram Ahmad Al-Tarawneh (Photo: Jordan News)
Financial and health issues are weighing down Jordanians and such suffering has widened the gap between the people and their state’s institutions. Jordanians are looking for a national revival that would give them peace of mind over their lives, stability for their country, and a future of their children. Something that will never happen unless Jordan sheds its reliance on foreign assistance and grants.اضافة اعلان

At every turn, we feel the pain of seeing consecutive governments let us down again and again, and the gap is expanding between people on the streets and governments that fail in their mission of translating the leadership’s visions and ambitions for the people into realities.

At a moment like this, we find people unite when any of two situations emerge. The first is when the internal security and stability of the country is threatened and the second is related to the three “Noes” of Jordan regarding the Palestinian cause.

It is the right of every Jordanian today to believe that Jordan comes “first” — its interests and economic, political, and social stability and security. We have lived long years looking towards certain countries as if we are one, while they were only looking to serve their own interests. As for Palestine, its stability is our stability and the state’s message on that is clear.

Jordan is paying and will keep paying a dear price for its stances on the Palestinian cause. The rejection of the so-called “Deal of the Century” was not the first of these stands, and maintaining its custodianship over Islamic sites in Jerusalem will be the last.

Jordan will not accept any other solution other than the two-state formula if the world wants stability and security for the entire region. This price paid by Jordan is willingly shared by the people, who accept it willingly and with content. The Jordanian people want the internal house to be in shape so that we can be stronger as we rise to face the blackmailing and the pressures.

In his remarks at the Christchurch Call meeting on Friday, His Majesty King Abdullah underlined the violence caused by dangerous Israeli violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalemites, stressing that this violence threatens stability and security and fuels extremism and hate speech. What is happening today is the natural outcome of not listening to the voice of reason and no one knows where things are heading.

In the meantime, the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army, in coordination with the Hashemite Charity Organization, were sending trucks laden with medical aid to Al-Makassed charity hospital in Jerusalem. The Royal Medical Service was increasing its staff of doctors and nurses at its field hospital in the Gaza Strip and other such facilities across the West bank to be ready to receive cases and injuries rising with the developments of the conflict on the ground, in support of the Palestinian brothers.

At the same time, thousands of Jordanians were marching towards the Palestinian border in support of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in a scene where the grassroots pulse synchronized with that of the official position — a show of unity free from the poisons who have, in vain, tried to tamper with it.

In his official capacity as minister of interior, Mazen Al-Farraya said the rallies held in solidarity with Palestinian brothers and sisters were in general truly embodying Jordan’s firm and constant position on the Palestinian cause.

In a final analysis, the Jordanian youth who have headed for the borders over the past two days are still alive and kicking. They have not died because of TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We thought that their priorities were a job and easy life and more likes and followers on social media. We thought these people were lifeless, but they managed to use the very same social media tools to deliver their country’s message on the mother of all causes and the constants of the Jordanian state.

Proving us wrong, this generation needs special attention and different rules of engagement. We should use mechanisms they feel comfortable with and we need to change the stereotypes about them. This young generation has proved it can be an integral part of the development process we are seeking and have not yet found the right people to take wheel. Look around carefully, these young people are the live ammunition of the country.

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