Jordanian Committee Stalls on Publishing List of ''Normalizers''
The anti-normalization committee attacked its board of directors for failing to publish a list containing the names of individuals and companies that are "normalizing" relations with Israel, according to the Jordan Times daily.
The committee's chairman, Ali Abu Sukar, accused the board of hampering the work publication. "They are stalling and killing the issue," he said while not discounting the possibility that some board members have been pressured by the government not to publish the list.
Refuting the accusations, Abdul Rahim Issa, the new board director, suggested that the names are common knowledge and unimpressive. Furthermore, Hassan Jaber, the director of Agricultural Engineering Association, said that the anti-normalization committee did not put much effort into preparing the list. "There was a great malfunction" in the committee, he said.
Abu Sukar said that his committee plans to publish the outside of the association's settings after elections next March. The country's 13 opposition parties would be willing to publish and disseminate the list, he said.
This development comes against the backdrop of the professional associations' policy forbidding normalizing ties with Israel. Violators are to be punished with expulsion from the Union of Professional Associations. This rule, however, has not been applied in all cases as the Jordan Press Association reversed a decision to expel three members who visited Israel after they have signed a statement calling for the fight against normalization.
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