Police bar Jordan Nakba activists from reaching Israeli border

[As this article points out, “The… treaty which (Jordan and Israel) concluded in 1994 commits Jordan to prevent using its territory to stage activity against Israeli targets.” — Frontlines ed.]

May 14, 2011

Amman – Jordanian security authorities on Saturday turned back buses carrying scores of activists hoping to get to the Israel-controlled border with the West Bank to mark the 63th anniversary of the founding of Israel, or Nakba (catastrophe), as the Palestinians call it.

Protestors attempting to reach Gaza from Egypt were similarly stopped in Sinai by Egyptian police Saturday.

The group, calling itself the ‘May 15 Youth’, was intercepted by police about five kilometres from the King Hussein crossing point on River Jordan, where activists had planned to spend the night.

From there, participants intended to proceed to the frontiers on Sunday to express backing for the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes which they fled upon the foundation of Israel in 1948.

Activists said that they were instead heading to Amman’s neighbourhood of Rabia to stage a demonstration in front of the Israeli embassy.

On Friday, several thousands of Jordanians held a rally at the village of Karama, about few hundred metres from the borders, to assert the determination of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem.

The peace treaty which the two countries concluded in 1994 commits Jordan to prevent using its territory to stage activity against Israeli targets.

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