Protests in Jordan demand closure of Israeli embassy 28May22 May 29, 2011

The Palestinian Information Centre -  28 May 2011

Hundreds protested in several areas of Jordan’s capital Amman, demanding closure of the Israeli embassy there and nullification the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty.

The protests condemned recent statements by Netanyahu this week ruling out the possibility of retracting to 1967 borders or recognizing the Palestinian refugees’ right of return if negotiations resumed with the Palestinians.

The crowd burned Israeli flags in response to a petition that Israeli Knesset member Arye Eldad recently tried to submit to the Jordanian embassy in Israel referring to Jordan as the alternative home for the Palestinians.

Participants held up signs reading: “long live Jordan…bulwark in the face of the haters”, referring to Israel; and “the Wadi Araba accords are a shame”; and “national unity is our weapon to counter the alternative homeland”. And they shouted: “No embassy, no ambassador, Jordan wants to clean up.”

The events were attended by national figures, MPs, party and union leaders, as well as tribal leaders.

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