Dec 04, 2021 10:19 UTC
  • Jordanians stage mass rally in protest against water-for-energy deal with Israel

Jordanians have held a mass rally against a water-for-energy deal with Israel, saying the agreement further normalizes ties with the Tel Aviv regime while it presses ahead with its occupation of the Palestinian territories and acts of aggression against Palestinians.

Police were deployed heavily around a downtown area of the capital Amman leading to the Husseini Mosque where demonstrators marched after Friday prayers.

The demonstrators chanted anti-Israel slogans and held banners reading, “The gas of the enemy is an occupation!” and “Down with the gas deal.”

The Jordanian protesters called on their government to scrap its peace agreement with Israel and called normalization a "humiliation".

Last month, Jordan’s water minister, Israel’s energy minister, and the United Arab Emirate’s climate change minister signed the water-for-energy deal in Dubai in the presence of US Climate Envoy John Kerry.

Under the agreement, Jordan would receive 200 million cubic meters of desalinated water from Israel, in return for 600 megawatts of electricity generated from a UAE-funded solar energy plant in Jordan.

The mass rally was the second such protest in recent days as thousands of Jordanians staged a demonstration against the deal last week.