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Thousands of Jordanians join annual protest against Israel

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Thousands of Jordanians have protested against the U.S. decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and against the escalation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Three thousand demonstrators poured through the streets of Jordan’s capital, holding anti-Israel signs and chanting slogans in support of Hamas and against Israeli control of east Jerusalem, which Palestinians seek as their capital for a future state.

Protesters also called for the protection of Al-Aqsa mosque, a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site under Jordanian custodianship.

The march was organized by the Muslim Brotherhood movement and other parties opposed to Jordan’s 1994 peace treaty with Israel.

The annual protest, known as Land Day, commemorates events in March 1976 when Israel seized land from northern Arab villages, leading to the killing of six Palestinians.

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