Thousands Protest Against Israel at Funeral for Teen Killed in Jordan Embassy Incident

Dozens of demonstrators chanted "No to an Israeli embassy or ambassador on Jordanian land" and called for jihad

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People attend the funeral of Mohammad Jawawdah in Amman, Jordan July 25, 2017.
People attend the funeral of Mohammad Jawawdah in Amman, Jordan July 25, 2017.Credit: MUHAMMAD HAMED/REUTERS
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Several thousand Jordanians urged their government on Tuesday to close the Israeli embassy in Amman and scrap an unpopular peace treaty during the funeral of a young Jordanian shot dead by an Israeli security guard in the embassy.

Dozens of demonstrators chanted "No to an Israeli embassy or ambassador on Jordanian land" and called for a jihad (holy struggle) as they carried the coffin of Mohammad Jawawdah, 16, to his burial place in a cemetery in the capital.

Jordanian police said on Monday that Jawawdah, who worked in a furniture firm, had got into a brawl with the Israeli security guard after entering the fortress-like compound of the embassy on Sunday to deliver an order.

They said the Israeli security guard had fired on Jawawdah after the young man attacked him, but did not confirm Israel's account that he had used a screwdriver to stab the guard in what Israeli officials described as a "terrorist attack."

Israel said the security officer had acted in self-defense when he shot his attacker while his father said the young teenager had no militant links.

The staff of Israel's embassy in Jordan, including the security guard involved in the shooting incident, returned to Israel from Amman on Monday.

Responding to public anger that the security guard was able to leave Jordan, Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said the Israeli had been protected by diplomatic immunity, but he vowed to "get justice" for the victims of what he called a "criminal attack".

Safadi denied any secret deal that allowed his departure.

"Close connection"

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked U.S. President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner for helping to bring the embassy staff home and also Jordan's King Abdullah "for our close cooperation."

Israeli media showed a smiling Netanyahu embracing the security guard after meeting him on Tuesday. He said his government had a "commitment to get you out, that was never a question."

"You represent the State of Israel and Israel doesn’t forget that for a moment," Netanyahu added.

Israeli-Jordanian tensions have escalated since Israel installed metal detectors at entry points to Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem after two police guards were shot dead by gunmen there on July 14.

Jordan's peace accord with Israel, the second to be concluded with Israel by an Arab country after Egypt, is unpopular with many Jordanians, many of whom are of Palestinian origin.

The kingdom has seen an outpouring of public anger against Israel in recent days over the Al-Aqsa situation, with thousands of Jordanians demonstrating last Friday against Israel in protests in Amman and in cities and refugee camps across Jordan.

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