Violence after police crackdown on pro-Palestinian demo.

4 years ago

Amman City
1. Police hitting demonstrators with batons
2. Demonstrators dispersing and running away
3. Anti riot police hitting demonstrators with batons
4. Police arresting one demonstrator
5. Demonstrator shouting God is Great and anti Israel slogans

Zarqa, 30 km North of Amman
6. Muslims at Friday prayer
7. Muslims chanting
7. Police surrounding Moslems praying
8. Police cordoning off protesters
9. Demonstrator speaking through loud speaker
10. Mid short of protesters chanting slogans with fists raised in the air
11. Demonstrators marching towards police

Baqaa Refugee camp, 25 km North-East of Amman
12. Various of people marching in rally inside the camp
13. Islamist leader shouting “Jihad is the only way to liberate Jerusalem”
14. Various of demonstrators holding banners


Protests followed the traditional Friday prayers in several parts of the kingdom, but large numbers of riot police prevented the demonstrators from advancing beyond the entrances to mosques.

More than 800 protesters stood chanting “Jerusalem is Muslim and Arab” outside a mosque in Zarqa, 27 kilometres (17 miles) northeast of the Jordanian capital Amman.

Police armed with batons prevented them from marching down the street.

Riot police blocked two protests in Amman, including one grouping some 300 Palestinians at Wehdat camp, a settlement for Palestinian refugees and their descendants displaced by the Arab-Israeli wars of 1948 and 1967.

The Muslim Brotherhood Movement, Jordan’s largest Muslim opposition group, had declared Friday a “day of rage” to protest a bid by ultranationalist Jews last Sunday to lay a foundation stone for a temple in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.

Israeli police prevented the Jews from reaching the compound, the third holiest site in Islam.

The protesters in Zarqa, a city with a predominantly Palestinian population, were supporters of the brotherhood.

Anti-Israeli anger intensified across the Arab world on Tuesday when Israeli helicopters blasted the offices of the militant Hamas movement in the West Bank town of Nablus, killing eight Palestinians, including two children.

In Lebanon on Friday, some 100 students staged a sit-in outside a mosque in Ein el-Hilweh, a Palestinian refugee camp outside the southern town of Sidon.

They held up banners saying: “Suicide operations are the only response to (Israeli) massacres against our people.”

Later in Sidon, a Hamas leader told 1,500 protesters that his group will avenge the recent Israeli attacks.

“Our revenge for God, his (Islamic) religion, al-Aqsa and our martyrs will be very soon, painful and more shocking than the Zionists can imagine,” said Osama Hamdan, Hamas representative in Lebanon.

In Amman, a preacher urged the faithful “not to abandon Jerusalem and their right to the shrines and land there.”

“Jerusalem is Arab in its identity since its inception and it is Muslim in its history and civilization,” he said in a sermon broadcast live on state-run radio .

We will not let go of it at all.”

But he called on Jordanian Muslims to “rally behind your leadership in the defense of Jerusalem and refrain from emotional reactions which will divide our ranks and ultimately serve the enemy.”

However, the mosque preacher in Sweileh, a suburb in northwest Amman, took a harder line.

“Fight the Israelis wherever they are,” he roared through a loudspeaker.

“They are the enemy of the (Muslim) nation and this is the only way to liberate the land and shrines.”

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