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Jordanian Parliamentarians call to withdraw the Arab Peace Initiative and expel Israeli ambassador

Jordan's first Deputy Chairman of the Parliament Khalil Attieh demanded on Wednesday that his government expel Daniel Nevo, the Israeli ambassador to Jordan. Attieh also urged the Arab League to withdraw the proposed Arab Peace Initiative.


In a statement Attieh said, "I call on the government to expel Israel's ambassador Daniel Nevo from Jordan and to take concrete and fast measures against Israel's violations in the occupied Palestinian territories. We urge the government to support the Palestinians in Jerusalem, Hebron and all the occupied towns and villages and to restore their legitimate rights to establish an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital."

He added that, "We demand to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Ibrahami Mosque from Israeli violations."

Attieh asked the Arab League "to take a firm and fast stand against the Israeli violations in Jerusalem and Hebron and to withdraw the Arab Peace Initiative that was launched during the Beirut Arab summit in 2002" but which Israel did not respect or accept.

Last Wednesday 81 out of 150 Jordanian members of parliament demanded that their government summon Ambassador Nevo to communicate a strong message of protest against Jewish extremists and right wing Knesset members who prevent Muslims from practicing their religious right to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Jordanian Parliament also unanimously voted last May on a proposal to expel the Israeli ambassador from Amman in response to "Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque," however their government did not adopt it.

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