Anwar Gargash slams exploitation of Gaza war to incite instability in Jordan

Official highlights Jordan’s role as voice of reason in supporting Palestinian cause.

Dubai: Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Diplomatic Adviser to the UAE President, underscored the unacceptability of leveraging the Israeli aggression on Gaza to instigate instability in Jordan, emphasising that such actions are detrimental to the interests of the people of Gaza.

Dr. Gargash emphasised Jordan’s historical role as a voice of reason and influence in supporting the Palestinian cause.

“Jordan has always been a rational and influential voice in supporting the Palestinians and exploiting the Israeli aggression on Gaza to incite people and instigate instability in the Kingdom is totally unacceptable and does not serve the people of Gaza. The conflicts waged by certain organisations against the Arab state do not represent the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people nor defend their rights,” Dr. Anwar Gargash said in a statement on X.

What’s happening in Jordan?

Activists in Jordan called for further protests on Sunday after days of demonstrations against the war and Jordan’s peace treaty with Israel that have brought thousands onto the streets.

Jordan, where nearly half the population is of Palestinian origin, has seen regular rallies in Amman and elsewhere in solidarity with Gaza since Israel’s military onslaught in response to Hamas’s unprecedented October 7 attack.

Recent protests have seen rare clashes between demonstrators and security forces in the capital and in Jordan’s largest Palestinian refugee camp.

The group Jordanian Youth Gathering urged people to return later Sunday to the Israeli embassy in Amman “to support the resistance in Gaza and demand the cancellation of the Jordanian Israeli peace treaty and cut all ties with Israel”.

Peace treaty with Israel

In 1994, Jordan became the second Arab country, after Egypt in 1979, to sign a peace treaty with Israel.

“No to a Zionist embassy on Jordanian territory”, read one banner at Saturday’s embassy protest, where people have gathered every evening since the holy Muslim month of Ramadan began more than two weeks ago.

Security forces said on Sunday they had arrested a number of protesters 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Amman at the Beqaa refugee camp.

Public security spokesman Amer Al Sartaawi said in a statement a “number of rioters” were arrested after “acts of rioting and vandalism, setting fires, and hurling stones at vehicles on the public road”.

Beqaa camp, home to more than 100,000 Palestinians, is one of six camps set up to house the influx of refugees fleeing the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the Arab-Israeli war of 1967.

Jordan has 2.2 million people who have been registered by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

Many have been granted Jordanian citizenship.

Hamas’s October attack on Israel resulted in the deaths of 1,160 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally of official Israeli figures.

Israel responded with a relentless military campaign that has so far killed 32,782 people, mostly women and children, according to the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza.

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