Small turnout for Jordan anti-Israel rally

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011

The Israeli embassy in Amman should reopen as normal after the weekend after only a fraction of the anti-Israel protesters expected turned up for a planned demonstration.

A Facebook group set up to encourage people to protest at the complex attracted some 3,000 people, but according to Al-Jazeera only a few hundred of them actually went.

The demonstrators called for the Jordanian government to cancel the peace agreement with Israel, signed 17 years ago. Slogans included: "No Zionist embassy on Arab land".

They attempted to march into the embassy complex but police stopped them.

On Wednesday Israel announced that the Jordanian ambassador would be withdrawn out of concerns that the protest could turn violent. A similar one in Egypt last week ended with three deaths and thousands of injuries, while Israel had to fly its ambassador out of the country.

    Last updated: 9:25am, September 16 2011