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Jordan MPs spew anti-Semitism on TV

Politicians praise perpetrators of Jerusalem synagogue attack on national TV, call Jews 'descendants of apes and pigs'

Two Jordanian MPs went on a series of anti-Semitic rants in a discussion on Jordanian television, encouraging incitement against Jews and praising November’s Jerusalem synagogue attack.

The discussion, which took place last week on Jordanian Roya TV, began with MP Khalil Attieh lauding the decision of the Jordanian Parliament to honor the memories of Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal, the two Palestinian terrorists behind November’s deadly attack on a Har Nof synagogue.

“By Allah, it is an honor to incite against the Jews. It is a great accomplishment to provoke and incense them,” Attieh said in a rant translated Sunday by MEMRI TV, a Middle Eastern media watchdog group.

“Let us continue with similar decisions, because this is what the Jordanian people want. Our people in Palestine expect us to support them, and to recite Koranic verses for the souls of their martyrs,” the MP declared, adding that it’s the least Amman could do for “heroes who defend the honor of the Arab nation.”

The November 18 terrorist attack left four worshipers and a police officer dead after two assailants stormed Kehilat Yaakov synagogue brandishing axes, meat cleavers and a pistol.

An additional five people, including a police officer, were injured in the attack that took place during morning prayers.

Jordanian MP Bassam al-Manaseer, a man identified by MEMRI as the Chairman of Arab and International Affairs parliamentary committee, echoed Attieh’s sentiments: “If what we did in parliament is considered incitement, just because we stood by the Palestinian people, then we welcome the policy of incitement.”

Attieh, who appeared increasingly irate, advocated for all Arabs to hate the Jewish people, insisting “the Jews respect neither treaties nor human beings. [Jews] respect nothing… What have the Jews ever given us?”

“Hating the Jews is a great honor for me and it makes me walk with my head high because they are worthy of hatred,” Attieh professed. “They are not decent people. Any man of honor should hate the Jews.”

The parliamentarian later admonished Daniel Nevo, Israel’s “accursed” ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom, for strongly denouncing this month’s commemoration of the Har Nof synagogue attack terrorists in the Jordanian parliament.

“[Parliament should debate] the statements of [Nevo], that pig, the descendants of apes and pigs, who tried to drive a wedge between the parliament and the king,” Attieh asserted, calling for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from Amman.

The Jordanian government, officially led by King Abdullah II, had previously issued a statement condemning the attack and advocating for all violence against civilians in Jerusalem to be denounced.

Israel normalized relations with Jordan after prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordanian King Hussein signed an American-sponsored peace treaty in 1994.

Although the two countries engage in large scale trade and cooperate together on security issues, public figures regularly rebuke the Jewish state and voice anti-Semitic rhetoric on Jordanian media.

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