Jordan bans anti-Israel demo planned by Islamic groups
Islamic Action Front says the demonstration was planned in reaction to Sunday clashes on Temple Mount.
Jordanian authorities have refused to permit a demonstration which the country's Islamic groups planned for Friday in reaction to the entry into the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem by Israeli police earlier this week, the Islamic Action Front (IAF) said Wednesday.
"The Amman Governor Samir Mobaydeen has rejected a request by Islamic leaders to organize the demonstration in downtown Amman after Friday prayers to condemn the desecration of al-Aqsa Mosque," an IAF statement said.
Mobaydeen did not cite any reason for the refusal but said that his decision was based on "the authority accorded to him by the law", it added.
Clashes broke out on Sunday between some 150 Muslim worshippers and police after a group of tourists entered the Temple Mount compound accompanied by a police force. The clashes, in which at least 15 Palestinians were injured and another 11 injured, sparked a series of angry reactions in Jordan and elsewhere in Arab and Islamic countries.
The Jordanian foreign ministry summoned the Israeli envoy to Amman following the clashes and handed him a strongly-worded protest.
Dozens of trade unionists and politicians staged a sit-in before the Trade Unions Complex on Monday calling for rupture of diplomatic ties with Israel and the cancellation of the peace treaty which the two countries signed in 1994.
Under the provisions of the peace treaty, Israel acknowledged Jordan's right to look after Islamic and Christian holy places in East Jerusalem, which Israel took control of in the Six-Day War in 1967.