On a brisk day in Amman, Jordan, hundreds of demonstrators convened near the U.S. Embassy, their voices unified in a chorus of solidarity with the people of Gaza. Echoing through the streets were slogans like 'Free free Palestine' and 'Gaza resists', a symphony of dissent against the ongoing conflict in Gaza. The air was thick with fervor, punctuated by the fluttering of Palestinian flags and the stark messages of banners proclaiming 'Save Gaza', 'Ceasefire Now', and the poignant 'We are all Gaza.'
Solidarity Rises With the Sun
The demonstrations are part of a nationwide movement, with protests routinely occurring on Fridays after prayers. Participants span all ages, their collective voice demanding a permanent ceasefire and an end to the atrocities in Gaza. The protests have not been without conflict, however, as clashes erupted between Jordanian police and demonstrators near the Israeli embassy, resulting in damaged property.
A Global Call for Peace
The cries for peace and justice are not confined to Jordan alone. Over a hundred thousand protesters have taken to the streets of London, sharing the same message of solidarity with Gaza and demanding a permanent ceasefire. This display of unity comes in the wake of the United States vetoing a United Nations Security Council Resolution for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, with the UK abstaining from voting.
The Road to Peace
Amid the turmoil, Jordan's stance on the path to peace remains unambiguous. The nation asserts that the only way to a comprehensive and lasting Middle East peace is the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with land captured by Israel in the 1967 war and East Jerusalem as its capital. This stance is underscored by Jordanian King Abdullah II's warning against Israeli attempts to displace Palestinians and his call for opening humanitarian corridors to Gaza.
The call for peace and an end to the war in Gaza has resonated at the highest levels of government, with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi discussing de-escalation efforts with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
The recent seven-day truce, as noted by a top UN official, demonstrated that aid can be delivered if conditions allow. The question remains, however, whether these conditions will prevail, and if the calls for ceasefire will be heeded.