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Jordanians Protest Against the Gas Deal with the
Israeli Apartheid Regime, Demand Government Resignation
Al-Maseerah and Press TV January 17, 2020
Jordanians Protest Against Gas Deal with Israel, Demand
Government Resignation, January 17, 2020
Hundreds of Jordanians Protest Against Gas Deal with Israel,
Demand Govt. Resignation
Hundreds of people have staged
a demonstration in Jordan to express their resentment over the
government’s multi-billion-dollar agreement to import natural gas from
the Occupied Palestinian Territories (which are controlled by the
Israeli apartheid regime).
On Friday, the protesters staged a
rally, which was organized by the Jordanian National Campaign Against
the Gas Agreement with the Zionist Entity, in the capital Amman, calling
on Prime Minister Omar Razzaz to step down.
They also demanded
the parliament, which will hold a session next Sunday to discuss the
issue of natural gas imports from Israel, to vote against the agreement
and hold those who signed it to account.
The demonstrators then
urged all Jordanians nationwide to take part in anti-gas deal protests,
push for the abolition of the agreement, and put all those responsible
for the crime and treachery on trial.
The protesters also
chanted slogans in condemnation of the gas agreement with Israel, and
called for the ouster of Razzaz’s government.
engaged in clashes with Jordanian security forces as they sought to
reach Nakheel Square. The demonstrators, however, were pushed back by
Last week, hundreds of people protested in the
northeastern Jordanian city of Zarqa against the import of natural gas
from Israel by Jordan.
The mayor of Zarqa, Imad al-Momani,
called on the authorities to "cancel this humiliating agreement" while
speaking to the demonstrators.
On September 26, 2016, Jordan’s
National Electric Power Company signed a 10-billion-dollar deal with
US-based Noble Energy and Israeli partners in order to tap the Leviathan
natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Israel for
the supply of approximately 1.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, or
300 million cubic feet per day (mcf/d), over a 15-year term.
March 26 last year, members of Jordan’s parliament called for the
cancellation of the gas deal with Israel during a parliamentary session
closed to the public.
House Speaker Atef Tarawneh stated at the
time that all sectors of the society and members of parliament utterly
reject Jordanian electricity company agreement to buy Israeli natural
Several legislators argued that the multi-billion-dollar
deal violates Article 33, section two of the Jordanian constitution,
which states: “Treaties and agreements which entail any expenditures to
the Treasury of the State or affect the public or private rights of
Jordanians shall not be valid unless approved by the parliament; and in
no case shall the secret terms in a treaty or agreement be contrary to
the overt terms.”
Lawmaker Saddah al-Habashneh said the deal was
unconstitutional, stressing that members of parliament were not given
access to read what he called the “secret” deal.
“Why are they
hiding it? It’s a clue that there is something. It is totally rejected,”
Habashneh then demanded the deal be scrapped along
with Jordan’s peace accord with Israel – known as Wadi Araba Treaty and
signed on October 26, 1994.
“We are calling for the Wadi Araba
agreement to be dropped. What is peace when they’re attacking Gaza?” the
“And with yesterday’s recognition of the
Golan Heights, what’s left? We want dignity,” he pointed out.
March 25, 2019, US President Donald Trump signed a proclamation,
formally recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The
announcement came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited
the White House.
The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Expatriates, in a statement, called the US decision a “blatant
attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity” of Syria.
“The liberation of the Golan by all available means and its return to
the Syrian motherland is an inalienable right,” according to the
statement carried by Syria’s official news agency SANA, which
added, “The decision ... makes the United States the main enemy of the
The Arab League also condemned the move, saying "Trump's
recognition does not change the area's status."
Russia and Turkey also condemned the US move.
Israel seized the
Golan Heights from Syria after the 1967 Six-Day War and later occupied
it in a move that has never been recognized by the international
community. The regime has built dozens of settlements in the area ever
since and has used the region to carry out a number of military
operations against the Syrian government.
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