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Jordan youths protest after Israel holds mufti

Hussain questioned a “disturbance” at Al Aqsa compound

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Amman: A group of angry Jordanian youths demonstrated overnight near the Israeli embassy to protest against the Jewish state’s detention of the mufti of occupied Jerusalem, police and organisers said on Thursday.

“Around 25 young Jordanians held a sit-in last night near the Israeli embassy to protest Israeli practices in Jerusalem,” a police spokesman told AFP. The demonstration came hours after Jordan summoned Israeli Ambassador Daniel Nevo and MPs unanimously demanded his expulsion in a non-binding vote, responding to the detention of mufti of Occupied Jerusalem Mohammad Hussain. “Dozens of members of political parties and youth movements held the one-hour sit-in to express their anger at Israel and actions of the settlers at Al Aqsa mosque compound,” Firas Qasas, one of the organisers, told AFP.

“The people want to kick out the ambassador and shut down the embassy,” the demonstrators chanted, according to Qasas. They also demanded that Jordan scrap its 1994 peace treaty with Israel, he said. Jordanian MPs on Wednesday asked that the government recall Amman’s ambassador in Israel, Walid Obeidat. Israeli police questioned Hussain on Wednesday over a “disturbance” at Al Aqsa mosque compound a day earlier, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. They released him six hours later without charge.