Jordan\'s Security Forces Arrest Members of the Anti-Normalization Committee
Jordan's security forces arrested Friday night several members of the Anti-Normalization Committee for publishing a list of about 68 figures, local entities, and companies accused by the association of establishing relations, or seeking normalization of relations with Israel, reported Al-Jazira satellite channel Saturday.
Among the arrested, according to the report, was the committee's head, Ali Abu-Sukkar.
The committee released on Monday the first issue of a periodical publication called Muqawama (Resistance) in which the list is published, together with news regarding the resistance to normalization with Israel in Jordan.
The list includes the names of the companies operating in the QIZ area, which was established according to the agreement signed between Jordan and the United States. The products in this area are exempted, according to the agreement, from custom duties provided that there is work cooperation between the companies in this area with other Israeli or Palestinian companies.
The list also includes the names of Jordanian figures who participated in the Copenhagen conference, in addition to the names of other individuals, the associations said, who have visited Israel or established relations with the Israeli embassy in Amman.
Columnist Sultan Al Hattab, whose name was on the list has told Albawaba.com on a previous occasion that what the committee did is considered an instigation that should be stopped because it may expose the lives of those placed on the list to danger.
Prime Minister Ali Abul Ragheb has often criticized the associations’ campaign against those allegedly normalizing relations with Israel indicating that such campaigns do not provide a suitable environment for attracting foreign investments needed by the Jordanian economy.
He has accused the associations of seeking to displace 13000 Jordanian workers at the factories in the qualified areas and threatened that he would take the necessary actions to limit the political activities of the professional associations — Albawaba.com
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