Jordanian Activists Rally to Mark 1987 Intifada
By Jihad Abu Falah
Albawaba.com - Amman
Jordanian activists staged Friday a march to mark the 13th anniversary of the first Intifada (1987-1993) and show solidarirty with the current uprising against Israeli occupation.
The demonstrators took the opportunity to reiterate their demands of expelling the Israeli ambassador and to allow back the Hams leaders deported from Jordan last year.
In the rally organized after Friday prayers by the professional associations, opposition parties and independent oppsition figures, more than 1500 set out from the assoiations’ headquarters to the UN offices in Amman.
In his address to the crowd there, head of the professional associations council, Saleh Armouti said the fact that the current Infida has proved in its third month that the Palestinian people is determined to liberate its occupied land and reject “all suspcious plans that aim at aborting the Palestinian Cause.”
Armouti was interrupted by the crowds chanting anti-Israel and US slogans, and calling for the return of Palestinian refugees who were thrown out of their native land in 1948.
"A halt to negotiations is our road to freedom and independence," they said regarding Arab-Israeli peace talks which are frozen since the latest anti-Israeli uprising in the Palestinian territories that started September 28th .
Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994. Last month it froze the dispatch of the newly-named ambassador to the Jewish state in protest at Israel's "aggression" against the Palestinian people.
Two Israeli diplomats have been shot and wounded in Amman streets by anonymous gunmen in the past three weeks. An underground Islamic group, naming itself the Jordanian Islamic Resistance, claimed responsibility for both shootings and vowed more attacks – Albawaba.com
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