Planned ‘Million Man March’ in Jordan to Target Israeli Embassy
The website of the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper reported on Wednesday that Jordanian protesters are planning a million man march on Thursday.
According to the report, the protesters will demand that the Israeli Embassy in Amman be shut down. The newspaper noted that the call to protest against the Israeli Embassy was made by Jordanian activists but was welcomed among many political parties in Jordan that were quick to announce they would take part in the mass demonstration.
Among the Jordanian political groups that have announced their participation in the march is the Coordination Committee of the Jordanian opposition parties, which includes seven parties. Hamza Mansour, secretary general of the Islamic Action Front Party - the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan – has also called on the Jordanian people to participate in this protest, Al-Quds Al-Arabi noted.
The planned Jordan march comes less than a week after the Israeli Embassy in Cairo was attacked by an angry mob of Egyptians, who managed to break down the wall surrounding the embassy building and almost lynched six security guards.
The Islamic Action Front party in Jordan welcomed the incident in Egypt, congratulating the Egyptian people on "the flight from Cairo of the Israeli Embassy staff after the teens of the revolution broke into the embassy." An official in the party was quoted by Al-Quds Al-Arabi as having called on the Jordanian government to hurry up and get rid of what he termed “the Zionist spy lair” in Amman. The official was quoted as having said that it is a shame that the Israeli Embassy in Amman remains open in light of what he called “the ongoing Zionist attacks on the sovereignty and interests of Jordan.”
The official clarified that the Arab nations strongly oppose ties with Israel and that leaders should not go against that fact. He noted that what happened at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo is a clear message that the struggle against Israel is the choice of the Arab people and that the revolutions in the Arab world are headed toward releasing ‘Palestine.’
The planned million man march in Jordan comes amidst growing concerns in Israel over the situation in Jordan.
Sources in Jerusalem said Wednesday the government of King Abdullah II may be headed for a major shakeup.
Jordan, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, has already tightened security around the Israeli Embassy in Amman following the events in Cairo.