The Anti Normalization Committee at the Jordanian Professional Associations has published a list of about 68 figures, local entities, and companies accused by the association of establishing relations, or seeking normalization of relations with Israel.
The committee released on Monday the first issue of a periodical publication called Muqawama (Resistance) in which the list is published, together with to news regarding the resistance to normalization 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 customs 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.
The present chairman of the council of the Jordanian Professional Associations which include about 100,000 members, Azzam Al Hnaidi, stressed that publishing this list aims, in the first place, at informing the associations’ members and agencies, in addition to the Jordanian public, of the names of all those normalizing relations with Israel in order to boycott them.
“Those who normalized with Israel” want to gain personal interests and so they should realize that there would be no interest for them with us”, Hnaidi added. He indicated also that the publication of such a list is a means for deterring others who may want to normalize relations with Israel. He also pledged to remove from the list the names of those who publicly condemn normalization with Israel.
It should be mentioned that local daily and weekly newspapers were forbidden from publishing the list on previous occasions due to political and legal concerns. Some of those whose names were on the list accused the professional associations of attempting to defame them and threatened that they would resort to the Jordanian courts to clear their names.
Columnist Sultan Al Hattab, whose name was on the list has told Albawaba on a previous occasion that what the professional associations 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