Israelis also attended the Nov. 21 event. Jordanians saw the prince’s move as an insult, particularly since the event occurred only a short time after the end of the most recent escalation between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
“We condemn Prince Hassan’s participation as it represents free service to the Zionist enemy and harms national causes as well as the prince himself and the royal family,” Jordan’s National Anti-Normalization Committee, which condemns normalizing relations with Israel, said in a statement, according to the Jerusalem Post.
The same committee has also accused Jordanian brokers of selling Jordanian products to Israeli firms so they can be sold under Israeli labels. Jordanian exports to Israel were at around $48 million in the first eight months of 2012. Imports rose to about $69 million during the same period, according to the Jordanian Department of Statistics.
“The government did not find us new markets. The Syrian crisis was a disaster for us. Now we have to sell to anyone. The prince did what he had to do. He’s a politician and Jordan cannot survive if officials do not talk to all kinds of people, including Jews,” said Abu Emad, a 56-year-old produce broker.