Various reports indicate that the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood organized a protest on Friday calling for solidarity with Hamas and more suicide attacks against Israel. The protest of some 2000 persons was said to be centered on Israeli economic sanctions and military attacks on Gaza Strip which have occurred in response to repeated firing of rockets into Israel from the territory. One report describing the protest as follows:
The protest in the Jordanian capital of Amman, led by Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood organization, praised the Hamas movement which control’s the Gaza Strip and its leader Ismail Haniyeh, in a show of strength by the movement following its defeat at the polls. “Al-Qassam army go forward with your suicide attacks against the enemy,” shouted the protesters, referring to Hamas’ armed wing, while waving Jordanian and Brotherhood flags. The protesters also called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and the closure of the embassy in Amman. “Al-Rabieh must be liberated from the Zionist embassy and its ambassador,” they shouted, referring to the neighborhood where it is located….”Lift the sanctions on Gaza,” and “Where are you, Arabs?” said the banners carried by members of the Islamic Action Front, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood Movement.
As an earlier post has discussed, supporters of Jordan’s King Abdullah II easily defeated the Islamic Action Front (IAF) in parliamentary elections in November, reducing their parliamentary seats by almost two-thirds. Another post has detailed the connections of the IAF with the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.