Jordan Demands Israel Put Embassy Guard on Trial for Murder

July 28, 2017

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Jordanian officials are demanding that Israel “ensure that justice is served” by prosecuting a security guard who killed two Jordanians during a stabbing attack at the Israeli embassy in Amman on July 24. They threatened to pursue “legal action at all levels, including internationally if necessary, and to be prepared for the stage that follows the prosecution’s completion of the investigation, the trial and the verdict,” according to a report in the Jordan Times.

Jordan has made clear that the country expects Israel to jail the security guard, known in the media only by his first name “Ziv,” for killing 17-year-old carpenter Mohammad Jawawdeh, who allegedly attacked Ziv with a screwdriver while delivering furniture to the embassy. Bashar Hamarneh, a doctor and the landlord of the building that houses the Israeli embassy, was also killed in the incident.

As a member of the embassy staff, Ziv enjoyed diplomatic immunity and thus was not subject to prosecution, and Amman has stressed that they complied with international law by allowing him, along with the rest of the Israeli embassy staff, to leave the country. But that move was deeply unpopular on the Jordanian street and drew angry protests at several cities around the country and online, including by the parents of Jawawdeh.

Jordanian media reported that Justice Minister Awad Abu-Jarad would “follow up” Israel’s treatment of the case.

Israel’s foreign ministry has not responded to the demand to prosecute Ziv or to reports that Amman could pursue the case in an international forum.

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