Thousands protest in Jordan. Protesters gather across the country, demanding the prime minister step down.

Posted: January 31, 2011 in Uncategorized


This one has to have Israel every bit as nervous as the events in Egypt.

With Egypt in the hands of the people, Israel’s ability to control the border with Gaza will go away.  But with Jordan in the hands of the people, the ability of Israel to control the border with the West Bank goes away, too, and now all of a sudden, Israel loses control over external access to the Palestinian Territories.  This has to have the right-wing control freaks in Jerusalem scared right out of their wits, because it means that a responsive government in the West Bank could build the means for the Palestinians to defend themselves.



Thousands protest in Jordan. Protesters gather across the country, demanding the prime minister step down.

By News Bulletin
Al Jazeera
Friday, Jan 28, 2011

Editor’s Note: It’s interesting to note that the western media (including Al Jazeera) emphasize economic problems as the source of the revolt in Egypt and Jordan. But few mention the widespread outrage of the people against these two governments for their complicity with the Israeli genocide being committed against the people of Palestine.

– Les Blough, Editor

Thousands of people in Jordan have taken to the streets in protests, demanding the country’s prime minister step down, and the government curb rising prices, inflation and unemployment.

In the third consecutive Friday of protests, about 3,500 opposition activists from Jordan’s main Islamist opposition group, trade unions and leftist organisations gathered in the capital, waving colourful banners reading: “Send the corrupt guys to court”.

The crowd denounced Samir Rifai’s, the prime minister, and his unpopular policies.

Many shouted: “Rifai go away, prices are on fire and so are the Jordanians.”

Another 2,500 people also took to the streets in six other cities across the country after the noon prayers. Those protests also called for Rifai’s ouster.

Members of the Islamic Action Front, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood and Jordan’s largest opposition party, swelled the ranks of the demonstrators, massing outside the al-Husseini mosque in Amman and filling the downtown streets with their prayer lines.

King Abdullah has promised some reforms, particularly on a controversial election law. But many believe it is unlikely he will bow to demands for the election of the prime minister and Cabinet officials, traditionally appointed by the king.

Rifai also announced a $550 million package of new subsidies in the last two weeks for fuel and staple products like rice, sugar, livestock and liquefied gas used for heating and cooking. It also includes a raise for civil servants and security personnel.


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