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Jordan MPs threaten 'no confidence motion' against Israel

The MPs have threatened to bring a no-confidence motion against the government if it fails to respond 'strictly and swiftly' to the murder

Raed Omari

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Jordanian MPs have threatened to bring a no-confidence motion against the government if it fails to respond “strictly and swiftly” to the killing of a Jordanian judge by Israeli soldiers on Monday.

Raed Zuaiter, who was a jurist at the Amman Court of First Instance, was shot dead at King Hussein Bridge – known to Israelis as Allenby Bridge – while on his way to the West Bank, local news agencies reported.

The Israeli military said Zuaiter, 38, had tried to seize a soldier’s gun.

However, Jordanian press reported that an eyewitness refuted the Israeli account, saying the shooting came after an argument between the judge and two soldiers.

Jordanians gathered near the Israeli embassy in Amman to protest what they chanted was an “unforgivable crime,” demanding a tough response from their government. Four were arrested, local media outlets reported.

Zuaiter was laid to rest on Tuesday in the Palestinian city of Nablus in the northern West Bank.

Following the incident, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh summoned the Israeli chargé d’affaires in Amman.

Judeh condemned the shooting and demanded an immediate Israeli investigation, Petra news agency reported.

A coalition of three parliamentary blocs, comprising 50 MPs, have threatened a no-confidence motion against the government “should it fail to shoulder its responsibilities towards Jordanians.”

The government “should act decisively, swiftly and strictly towards the killing of Zuaiter or resign immediately if it fails to do so,” the Watan, National Union and Islamic Centrist blocs said in a joint statement.

Parliament sources told Al Arabiya News that many MPs are joining the three blocs and meeting to “establish a firm stance” on the incident.

The lower house of parliament’s Palestinian committee condemned the killing. It demanded that the government expel the Israeli ambassador in Amman, and abolish the kingdom’s 1994 peace treaty with Israel.