Thousands of Jordanians protest outside Israeli Embassy over killing of attacker

The Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan. A Palestinian-Jordanian judge who attacked an Israeli soldier was killed at the crossing March 10. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Thousands of Jordanians, including many affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, protested outside the Israeli Embassy in Amman on Friday demanding that Jordan sever ties with Israel over the death of Palestinian-Jordanian judge Raed Zueter, who was fatally shot after attacking an Israeli soldier at a border crossing on Monday.

“We will not accept less than the annulment of the peace treaty and deportation of the Israeli ambassador and to announce that Jews are enemies for our nation,” Hammam Saeed, the general secretary of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, told The Associated Press

On Wednesday, Jordanian lawmakers met to discuss cutting ties with Israel. But on Friday, Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour told the parliament that it was not in Jordan’s national interest to end the peace deal with Israel.

According to an Israeli investigation, Zueter was shot after charging and attempting to take a soldier’s rifle while shouting “Allahu Akbar.” On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement of regret on the incident and promised to form a joint investigation. 

Posted on March 14, 2014 .