Jordan king calls for Israeli embassy shooter to face trial

Cheryl Sanders
July 28, 2017

Jordan had briefly prevented the Israeli guard in question from leaving the country in the aftermath of the attack, though the diplomatic standoff was eventually resolved.

The cabinet was briefed Wednesday by Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs, Ayman Safadi, on latest developments related to the Israeli embassy shooting incident in which two Jordanian citizens were killed.

An Israeli judicial source who declined to be named said state prosecutors were giving "preliminary consideration" to an investigation.

Scores of angry Jordanians demonstrated near the Israeli embassy in Amman on Friday to protest against killing of two Jordanians by an Israeli embassy security staff, demanding the government to end ties with Tel Aviv.

A second Jordanian hit by the gunfire died in hospital.

On Sunday, the guard shot dead Jordanian teenager Mohammad Jawawdah at Israel's embassy in Amman as well as the landlord of the house in the compound where the guard lived. Israel says he was inadvertently shot.

As a member of the embassy staff, Ziv enjoyed diplomatic immunity and thus was not subject to prosecution, and Amman has stressed that they complied with worldwide law by allowing him, along with the rest of the Israeli embassy staff, to leave the country.

Jordan is the custodian of the Al-Aqsa complex and has a large Palestinian population, making Amman sensitive to any changes of status at the site which Israel captured along with other East Jerusalem and West Bank areas in the 1967 war.

Israel and Jordan made peace in 1994.

Meanwhile, Jordan's Attorney General Akram Masaadeh told the Petra news agency that he had completed his investigation and had charged the Israeli security guard, identified as Ziv without the disclosure of his last name, with two counts of murder and for possessing an unlicensed weapon.

The attacker reportedly entered the home of an embassy official on Sunday evening to replace the furniture when he saw the security guard and stabbed him. The tensions have led to mass prayer protests and deadly Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Jordan's ruling Hashemite dynasty, said to trace its ancestry to Prophet Muhammad, draws much of its legitimacy from its role as protector of the shrine.

Muslim religious leaders have alleged that Israel is trying to expand its control at the site under the guise of security - a claim Israel denies.

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