Jordan Warns Against Strife, ‘Suspicious Agendas’

Faisal Al-Fayez (Jordanian Senate)
Faisal Al-Fayez (Jordanian Senate)
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Jordan Warns Against Strife, ‘Suspicious Agendas’

Faisal Al-Fayez (Jordanian Senate)
Faisal Al-Fayez (Jordanian Senate)

Jordan has warned against attempts to distort its position on the war in Gaza, saying that it was confronting a “suspicious movements to sow discord and chaos in the country.”

In remarks on Thursday, the head of the Jordanian Senate, Faisal Al-Fayez, said: “Jordanians will not accept that demonstrations and protests turn into platforms for sowing discord and an arena for implementing the agendas of others.”

His statements came in response to slogans launched by protesters in the vicinity of the Israeli embassy in Amman, criticizing Jordanian efforts to support Gaza.

“These demonstrations will not turn into suspicious movements to sow discord and chaos,” Al-Fayez said. “We will confront every hand that seeks to tamper with Jordan’s security.”

The authorities accuse the unlicensed Muslim Brotherhood in the country of being behind the sit-ins that began during the past few days.

In this context, and in response to a question about criticism of the Hamas movement for calling on the people of Jordan to support the Palestinians, Osama Hamdan, a leader in Hamas, said: “The movement has been calling on all the people of our nation and all the free people of the world to stand by the Palestinians.”

In a press conference in Beirut, Hamdan noted that the Hamas movement was calling “on the entire nation and all the free people of the world to escalate their pressure on the American administration and Israel.”

He also stressed that no progress has been made so far in negotiations with Israel over a ceasefire and a prisoner exchange agreement.

“The Israeli position is intransigent, and the negotiations are taking place in a vicious circle... [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and his government are trying to buy time and show a false interest in negotiating,” he stated.



UN Human Rights Chief: Unconscionable Death and Suffering Happening in Gaza

A child looks on as Palestinians search for missing people under the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike, at al-Nuseirat refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 18 June 2024. (EPA)
A child looks on as Palestinians search for missing people under the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike, at al-Nuseirat refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 18 June 2024. (EPA)
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UN Human Rights Chief: Unconscionable Death and Suffering Happening in Gaza

A child looks on as Palestinians search for missing people under the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike, at al-Nuseirat refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 18 June 2024. (EPA)
A child looks on as Palestinians search for missing people under the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike, at al-Nuseirat refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 18 June 2024. (EPA)

Palestinians in the Israeli occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem are suffering a drastically worsening human rights environment, alongside "unconscionable death and suffering" in the Gaza Strip, the UN human rights chief said on Tuesday.

"The situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is dramatically deteriorating," Volker Turk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told the opening session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The West Bank, where the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority exercises limited self-rule under Israeli occupation, has seen the worst unrest for decades, in parallel with the war in the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas.

Turk said that from the start of the Gaza war in October through mid-June, 528 Palestinians, 133 of them children, had been killed by Israeli security forces or settlers in the West Bank, in some cases raising "serious concerns of unlawful killings".

Twenty-three Israelis have been killed in the West Bank and Israel in clashes with or attacks by Palestinians, he said.

In Gaza, Turk said he was "appalled by the disregard for international human rights and humanitarian law" by parties to the war.

"Israel's relentless strikes in Gaza are causing immense suffering and widespread destruction, and the arbitrary denial and obstruction of humanitarian aid have continued," Turk said.

"Israel continues to detain arbitrarily thousands of Palestinians. This must not continue."

He added that Palestinian armed groups were continuing to hold hostages, including in populated areas, which put both the hostages and civilians at risk.

Israel's permanent mission to the UN in Geneva accused Turk of "completely omitting the cruelty and barbarity of terrorism" in his address to the UN Human Rights Council.

"Hostilities in Gaza are the direct result of Hamas terrorism, decades of rocket-fire and incitement against the Jewish people and the State of Israel, culminating in its brutal attacks against Israel on October 7," the diplomatic mission said in a statement.

Israel's ground and air campaign was triggered when Hamas-led fighters stormed into southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people and seizing more than 250 hostages, according to Israeli tallies.

Israel's offensive has killed more than 37,400 people in Gaza, according to its health authorities, and left much of the enclave's population homeless.