Scores of Jordanians gathered outside the Professional Associations Complex in Amman on Saturday in a show of solidarity with Gazans after the killing of 16 people in the coastal enclave by Israeli forces.
Organised by the Jordan Engineers Association (JEA), the sit-in included speeches delivered by some association and Parliament members in addition to playing some patriotic songs.
Reuters reported that at least 16 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,400 were wounded on Friday by Israeli forces confronting one of the largest Palestinian demonstrations in recent years along the Israel-Gaza border, Gaza medical officials said.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians had gathered on Friday along the fenced 65-km frontier, where tents were erected for a planned six-week protest pressing for a right of return for refugees and their descendents to what is now Israel.
The JEA President Majed Tabaa said Palestinian people will not abandon their right of return under any circumstance.
“The march of thousands of participants in Gaza and other parts of the world sends a message that Palestinians will keep resisting to gain their freedom,” he added.
He urged the Jordanian and Palestinian governments and the international community to hold Israel accountable in international courts for the crimes they committed against Gazan protesters, and called for severing economic and political ties with the occupation, as well as halting security coordination.
Mohammad Hindi, one of the demonstrators, said that the Palestinian people will not abandon their land.
“They have the right to all of Palestine,” he told The Jordan Times.
Hamed Al Ayed, another participant, said Saturday’s event sends a message of solidarity with the Palestinian people and lets them know that they are not alone.
“We want to send a message to the occupation and whoever is standing behind it, that we will never stop fighting for issues important to our nation, including the protecting of the Arab and Islamic identity of Damascus and Palestine."
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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