Jordanians rally to celebrate 'victory of the resistance' against Israel

Jordanians rally to celebrate 'victory of the resistance' against Israel
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21 May, 2021
Some 10,000 people gathered in the Sweimeh region near Jordan's border with the Israeli-occupied West Bank, carrying banners reading 'congratulations on the victory of the resistance' and 'the resistance of Gaza led to victory'.
Throughout Israel's campaign on Gaza, demonstrations were held almost daily in Jordan in solidarity with the Palestinians [Anadolu Agency via Getty]

Thousands of people demonstrated on Friday in Jordan to celebrate the "victory of the resistance" against Israel, after a ceasefire between the Jewish state and Palestinian armed groups.

Responding to a call by the Muslim Brotherhood, some 10,000 people, according to AFP journalists, gathered in the Sweimeh region near the border with the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Demonstrators carried banners reading: "Jerusalem is the symbol of victory", "congratulations on the victory of the resistance" and "the resilience of Gaza led to victory".

A ceasefire was announced on Thursday between Israel and Palestinian armed groups, including the Islamist movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, after 11 days of deadly fighting in the worst hostilities between the two sides in years.

Israeli security forces have cracked down on with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and there has also been violence between Jews and Palestinian Israelis.

Throughout the Israeli military campaign on Gaza, demonstrations were held almost daily in Jordan in solidarity with the Palestinians.

Around half of Jordan's 10 million-strong population is of Palestinian origin, including some 2.2 million refugees registered with the United Nations.

Demonstrators on Friday carried Jordanian and Palestinian flags and chanted "death to Israel" and "let's trade the olive branch for the gun".

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Jordan signed a peace deal with Israel in 1994.

In Karameh, an area near the West Bank border, another few thousand demonstrators, many youths dressed in Jordanian and Palestinian keffiyeh scarves burned Israeli flags and chanted slogans against the peace deal.

Karameh is the site of a 1968 battle -- fought a few months after the defeat of Arab states by Israel in 1967 -- between a combined force of Palestinian fighters and Jordanian army soldiers against Israeli troops, and is symbolic across the Arab world.

In the capital, over 1,000 protesters set off on a march from the Al-Husseini Grand Mosque in central Amman after Friday prayers.

They demanded the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and the closure of the Jewish state's embassy.

On Monday, Jordanian lawmakers unanimously called on the government to expel the Israeli ambassador in Amman and recall the Jordanian ambassador from Tel Aviv.