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Jordan Islamists protest as king meets Obama

PTI | Last Updated: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 21:27

Amman: Hours before Jordan`s king meets with US President Barack Obama in California, his Islamist opposition at home is staging its largest protest in months to reject a peace deal as a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The 1,200 protesters affiliated with Jordan`s Muslim Brotherhood have also burned the Israeli flag.

Although Jordan maintains cordial ties with Israel under a 1994 peace treaty, many Jordanians are skeptical of their neighbor`s intentions. Roughly half of Jordan`s population traces its roots to Palestinians displaced in Arab-Israeli wars.

Jordan`s Brotherhood calls for Israel`s annihilation through armed struggle.
The protesters also demanded Jordan`s King Abdullah II to "revoke the peace treaty with the Zionists."

Abdullah`s today meeting with Obama will focus on Israeli-Palestinian peace, the war in Syria and increased US aid to cash-strapped Jordan.

First Published: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 21:27
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