AMMAN — Jordan on Monday summoned Israeli charge d’affaires in Amman, protesting the shooting of a Jordanian judge by Israeli soldiers and asked for immediate investigation on the incident.
A Higher Judicial Council source told The Jordan Times that Raed Zuaiter, a judge at the Amman Court of First Instance, was killed at the Jordan River crossing point on Monday morning.
The source, who asked to remain unnamed, said that Zuaiter, 38, was not on leave and was expected at the office as usual Monday.
However, he noted that the Jordanian embassy in Israel is following up on the issue with Israeli authorities.
This was also confirmed by his father, Ala-Eddine Zuaiter, a former judge, who noted that he had no idea that his son was crossing border.
Despite several attempts by The Jordan Times to contact the Jordanian embassy in Tel Aviv, officials were not available to comment.
“I have no further information,” the father told The Jordan Times.
Reuters reported that the Israeli military said the man had tried to seize a soldier’s gun at the King Hussein Bridge — known to Israelis as Allenby Bridge — which spans the Jordan River, and that troops had then shot him.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Judeh denounced the incident and informed the Israeli charge d’affaires in Amman that the government of Jordan expects a report about the incident and asked for an immediate investigation, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank city of Ramallah condemned what it called the “shooting at close range” by Israeli troops. It demanded an investigation, as did Jordan.
Meanwhile, dozens of Jordanians gathered “spontaneously” near the Israeli embassy to protest the shooting and demand tough measures by the government.
Apparently, the gathering came as a response to social media calls, with some encouraging “attacking” the embassy building.
Some of the protesters tried to approach the embassy premises but they were barred by the Gendarmerie Forces, who arrested at least four people, including a woman, according to activists.
The protesters, who represented average people, along with political parties, chanted slogans demanding the cancellation of the peace treaty and closing down Israel’s diplomatic mission.
Professional associations also condemned this action, including the Jordan Engineers Association and the Jordan Bar Association. … see more