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Israel protests to Jordan over flag trampling

The Jordanian Information and Government Spokeswoman, Jumana Ghunaimat, arrives at the Jordanian Trade Union Headquarters in Amman and steps on a drawing of the Israeli flag, on December 27, 2018 [jfranews.com.jo]
The Jordanian Information and Government Spokeswoman, Jumana Ghunaimat, arrives at the Jordanian Trade Union Headquarters in Amman and steps on a drawing of the Israeli flag, on December 27, 2018 [jfranews.com.jo]

Israel has formally protested to Jordan after a government spokesperson stepped on an Israeli flag during a visit to a trade union in Amman.

Jumana Ghunaimat was seen stepping on a drawing of the Israeli flag as she entered the building of the Jordanian trade union on Thursday to attend a meeting there.

The Israeli flag was drawn on the floor at the building’s entrance along with shoe marks as a protest against Israel by the trade union – which opposes normalisation of ties with Tel Aviv.

Israeli media said Israeli authorities summoned Jordanian ambassador Ghassan al-Megali on Sunday to protest the spokesperson’s behavior.

Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz reportedly attended the meeting, but stepped into the building through a side entrance.

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Thursday’s meeting was held to discuss ways of easing tension between the government and trade unions over a controversial tax law introduced by the cabinet.

There was no comment from Jordanian authorities on the Israeli protest.

Jordan and Israel have signed a peace treaty in 1994.

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