Protestors attempt to storm Israeli embassy in Jordan
Though tensions have increased between Jordan and Israel in recent months, the two countries continue to adhere to the peace treaty signed in 1994 (photo courtesy: smh.com.au)
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Scuffles have broken out between Jordanian security forces and furious protesters who were trying to storm the Israeli embassy in the capital city of Amman.
Clashes erupted on Friday after thousands of people took to the streets in a rally led by Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood to voice anger over the killing of a Jordanian judge by Israeli troops.
Security forces clashed with protesters who attempted to push their way through a line of riot police and reach the Israeli embassy.
Demonstrators also burned an Israeli flag and carried a mock coffin for the slain judge.
On Monday, Raed Za’atar was shot dead at Allenby Bridge Terminal on the border between Jordan and the occupied West Bank.
Israeli authorities who control the border claim Za’atar tried to grab a rifle from a soldier at the border crossing.
The killing sparked uproar in Jordan and triggered street protests across the country.
Jordanian protesters are calling on the government to expel the Israeli ambassador in Amman and annul Jordan’s 1994 peace treaty with the Israeli regime.
Earlier in the week, Jordanian MPs condemned the killing as a violation of the peace treaty, while lawyers and judges also staged a protest outside the Palace of Justice in Amman to demand the deportation of Israeli diplomats from the Arab country.
In February, the Jordanian parliament unanimously voted to expel the Israeli ambassador and recall Amman's envoy after the Israeli parliament debated taking over a holy site in al-Quds (Jerusalem) administered by Jordanians.
But the non-binding vote has yet to prompt any action by the Jordanian cabinet.
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