Jordan protests Israeli decision to deport Palestinians from W. Bank
Jordan on Wednesday condemned Israel on Wednesday over a new military order that could lead to the deportation of thousands of Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, demanding it be revoked. The Jordanian government "strongly condemned" the Israeli decision, describing the move as "illegal" and a "flagrant violation" of international law and conventions, as well as the Jewish state's obligations as an occupying power.
In a statement, the government called on the international community to act to "halt such unilateral measures," which would block peace efforts and raise tensions in the Middle East.
According to AFP, it added that Foreign Minister Nasser Jawdeh, who is in Washington with King Abdullah II, had already started to contact his counterparts about the issue during a nuclear meeting there this week.
Meanwhile, Israel Ambassador Dani Nevo was summoned to the foreign ministry and given a note of protest, the official Petra news agency reported. "The note underlined Jordan's strong denunciation of the Israeli decision ... and the need to immediately stop its application, as well as the reaffirmation of the right of the Palestinian people to live in and move about freely on their national territory," the kingdom's news agency said.