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Jordan fights Israeli Bedouin over ancient texts

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2011

An Israeli Bedouin man is battling the Jordanian authorities over allegations that he smuggled a collection of rare religious texts out of Jordan.

The 70 lead plates date back two millennia and have been described by experts as “as significant as the Dead Sea Scrolls”. They are inscribed with symbols of what could be among the earliest example of Christian writing.

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Why settlers want democracy in Jordan

By Nathan Jeffay, March 10, 2011

Much of Israel has watched unrest spreading through the Middle East with considerable concern. But there appears to be excitement stirring on the far-right.

Last Friday in Amman, capital of Jordan, hundreds marched calling for democratic reform. And the growing campaign in Jordan has an unlikely supporter - Dr Aryeh Eldad, an Israeli settler and parliamentarian with the National Union party.

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Israel fury over Jordan demo

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 17, 2011

Israel has reprimanded the chargé d'affaires at the Jordanian embassy in Tel Aviv for remarks made by the new Jordanian Justice Minister in favour of releasing a soldier who murdered seven Israeli girls in 1997.

Jordan's King Abdullah replaced his cabinet two weeks ago, appointing Hussein Majali, a prominent lawyer, as the justice minister.

Fourteen years ago Mr Majali was the lawyer for Ahmed Dekamse, a Jordanian soldier who had opened fire on a group of Israeli school-children who were touring the island of Naharayim on the Jordanian border.

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Israel revolted by Jordan's justice minister plea for murderer

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2011

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has heavily condemned a Jordanian minister’s demands for the early release of a man convicted of murdering seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997.

Ahmed Daqamseh, a former Jordanian soldier, shot the girls with an automatic rifle and injured seven others at Naharayim, a spot on the Israeli-Jordanian border.

The girls were on a school trip when they were murdered.

Daqamseh was sentenced to a life (25 years) behind bars, but this week the new Jordanian justice minister Hussein Mjali joined anti-Israel demonstrators to demand his release.

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Israelis arrested in Cairo as Egypt protests continue

By Jennifer Lipman, February 2, 2011

Four Israelis are among the rising number of journalists who have been arrested during the violent anti-government demonstrations in Egypt.

They were detained for allegedly violating the curfew in place and entering Cairo without the appropriate work visas.

A spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry said Israel was working on the case. He added: "We call on all Israeli reporters arriving in Cairo to remain alert, act responsibility and honour the place's rules.”

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Jordan's King Abdullah II dismisses Prime Minister

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2011

The King of Jordan has dismissed his government and named a new Prime Minister, as anti-government protests continue around the Arab world.

King Abdullah II has asked his new Prime Minister, Marouf Al Bakhit, to move the country along the path to democracy.

He has replaced Samir Rifai in the role, but it does not necessarily represent a break with the past – Mr Al Bakhit was Prime Minister from 2005 to 2007.

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On this day: The Israel–Jordan Treaty of Peace

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2010

President Bill Clinton watched as Jordan became the second Arab country to normalise relations with Israel.

The treaty, agreed 46 years after the state of Israel was declared, came 15 years after the Camp David Accords and Egypt’s recognition of the Jewish state. Also in 1994, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East".

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Israel boycotters pitch up in Waitrose

By Robyn Rosen, August 5, 2010

Security guards were forced to remove protesters who pitched a tent in the aisle of a Waitrose store and spent an hour urging shoppers not to buy Israeli goods.

The protest was organised by Brighton Jordan Valley Solidarity and its supporters included Simon Levin, one of the seven activists cleared last month of damaging an arms factory after successfully claiming they had acted to prevent Israeli "war crimes".

Staff called police after 10 protesters refused to move from the store in Western Road, Brighton.

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Israel boycotters pitch up in Waitrose

By Robyn Rosen, August 5, 2010

Vsecurity guards were forced to remove protesters who pitched a tent in the aisle of a Waitrose store and spent an hour urging shoppers not to buy Israeli goods.

The protest was organised by Brighton Jordan Valley Solidarity and its supporters included Simon Levin, one of the seven activists cleared last month of damaging an arms factory after successfully claiming they had acted to prevent Israeli "war crimes".

Staff called police after 10 protesters refused to move from the store in Western Road, Brighton.

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Jordan vows to fight terrorism after rocket hit

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2010

Jordan has condemned a rocket attack on Israeli and Jordanian Red Sea port cities as an act of terror.

One man was killed and three injured when a rocket landed outside a luxury hotel in Aqaba in Jordan.

There were also reports of explosions in Eilat, on the other side of the Red Sea, but no Israelis were injured.

Both Israel and Jordan said they believed the short-range rockets had been fired from militants operating within the Sinai peninsula within, which Egyptian officials denied and said was “impossible”.

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