Jordanian security forces reported to have arrested foreigner possessing 45 kg of high-grade explosives in ‘most serious case in a decade’.
By Roi Kais
The Jordanian newspaper Al Rai reported Monday morning that Jordanian security forces had foiled a terror plot by a member of an Iranian-backed group.
Joint training by Jordanian and US militaries – Archive Photo: Getty Images
According to the report, the suspect belongs to the Iranian Bayt al-Maqdis group – which is unrelated to the identically named Egyptian group has recently changed its moniker sworn allegiance to the Islamic State group.
The suspect reportedly holds Iraqi and Norwegian citizenship, was arrested in northern Jordan, and found to be in possession of large amounts of explosives. Continue Reading »
Based on a deductive legal principle of Sharia law, & documented in early Islamic sources, the burning alive of a human being is a well known method of eliminating enemies.
Dr. Mordechai Kedar
Islamic State publicized a horrifying twenty minute video this week, the high point of which was the execution of a Jordanian pilot, Maaz al-Kassasbeh, by burning him alive. The film attempts to justify the punishment by describing Jordan’s part in the war against ISIS, using photos of ISIS dead, including women, children, men and mainly those burned to death.
Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh – Screenshot from Islamic State insurgents video
The rest of the film has the pilot describing the involvement of the air forces of Jordan, United Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco and United States and notes that American planes take off from Turkish bases. Continue Reading »
Israel’s FM Avigdor Lieberman: “It would be better if the Security Council dealt with matters truly important to the citizens of the world, such as the murderous attacks this week in Australia & Pakistan, or discuss events in Syria & Libya, and not waste time on the Palestinian’s gimmicks.”
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday described as a gimmick a Palestinian-proposed UN Security Council draft resolution that calls for a peace deal within a year and an end to Israeli presence in territories Palestinians want for their future state by the end of 2017.
“Certainly this will not hasten an agreement because without Israel’s consent, nothing will change,” Lieberman said in a statement. Continue Reading »
Jordan condemns the conduct of Israel Police personnel who responded to Arab rioters on the Temple Mount.
By Elad Benari, Canada
Hours after Arab rioters attacked Israeli security forces at the Temple Mount, Jordan criticized Israel on Wednesday over security forces’ conduct in reaction to the riots.
“The forces of the occupation … prevented religious officials entering (the compound) and cleared it of all Muslims, while at the same time enabling Jewish extremists to storm it, and pray with security forces protection,” government spokesman Mohammed Momeni said in a statement quoted by the AFP news agency.
He called on Israel to “stop its devastating campaign against the Al-Aqsa mosque, religious officials and worshippers,” slamming “police… firing bullets and bombs inside the compound, which injured dozens of people.” Continue Reading »
Watch Imbecilic Statement: Former Jordanian Parliament Member perpetuates the centuries old “matzah blood libel” in Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV interview.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
A former Jordanian member of parliament recently used the centuries old “matzah blood libel”, which claims that Jews use the blood of non-Jews to make matzah for Passover.
Former Jordanian MP, Sheik Abd Al-Mun’im Abu Zant – Photo: MEMRI/YouTube
The former Jordanian MP, Sheik Abd Al-Mun’im Abu Zant, made the comments in an interview which aired on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV on September 7 and in which he accused Jews of “cannibalism”.
The interview was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). Continue Reading »
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ wife & grandchildren were among the family members who secretly traveled to Jordan recently.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Members of the family of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have secretly left Ramallah for Jordan, according to the online newspaper Rai Al-Youm.
Mahmoud Abbas and his wife Amina – Photo: REUTERS
“For the first time and secretly, all the members of President Abbas’s family have left to their residence in Amman,” the report said.
It said that Abbas’s wife and grandchildren were among the family members who left Ramallah recently.
The newspaper said that Mohamed Shehadeh, who is in charge of Abbas’s security detail, has decided to beef up security around the PA president’s office and residence in Ramallah. Continue Reading »
US officials reported as saying Jordan could ask Jerusalem and the U.S. for assistance if the Islamist insurgents pursue a military assault on the Hashemite Kingdom.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Israel and the US may be prepared to aid Jordan as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) eyes the Jewish state’s eastern neighbor, The Daily Beast on Saturday quoted US officials as saying.
Jordanian special forces stage anti-terrorism drill in Amman. – Photo: REUTERS
US officials speaking on condition of anonymity have speculated that if ISIS were to pursue a full-on assault on Jordan, Amman might not be able to repel the Islamists. Continue Reading »
Jordan condemns Israel’s heavy deployment of police and IDF soldiers at the Temple Mount, claiming Israel is in violation of int’l law.
By Elad Benari, Canada
The Temple Mount became Jewish again on Tuesday, and Jordan didn’t like it.
Temple organizations reported Tuesday morning that about 400 Jews had ascended to the Mount in the morning hours, and that police allowed them in without undue delays.
Jews pray on Temple Mount – Temple Mount HQ
Muslim worshippers, who often harass Jews on the Mount, were not allowed in because police and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) had received intelligence about “malicious intentions” and Islamist incitement calling on Arabs to riot and prevent the Jews from entering. Continue Reading »
Roman Fort found in southern Jordan housed garrison to vanquish the Jews during the Bar Kokhba revolt (132–136 CE), in the Judea Province.
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Four years after starting to dig up an ancient Roman outpost in southern Jordan, a team of archaeologists from Tennessee found a unique, and well-preserved, inscription on a rock – revealing that the site is the previously unknown base of a Roman infantry unit involved in crushing the Bar-Kochba rebellion.
The Ayn Gharandal inscription, above the collapsed gate to the Roman fort. – Photo: Robert Darby
The outpost, ‘Ayn Gharandal, lies beneath the dunes around 70 km north of present-day Aqaba, the Jordanian resort city on the Red Sea, and 40 km southwest of the ancient Nabataean city of Petra.