Father of Jordan attacker demands investigation into son's killing

by Abel Hampton July 25, 2017, 0:28

Eran said Israeli-Jordanian relations behind the scenes reveal good cooperation, particularly in the areas of security and water. Israel said that, under the rules of the 1961 Vienna Convention, the guard has immunity from detention and investigation.

In a statement released by the Prime Minister's Office, Netanyahu said he called the guard over the phone and promised him that Israel "has experience in dealing with such situation" and would "bring him home".

As part of intensifying diplomatic efforts, President Donald Trump's Mideast envoy, Jason Greenblatt, met with Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday.

The incident is threatening to complicate the crisis over the holy site, which is administered by Muslim authorities under the auspices of Jordan. The installation of the metal detectors has caused anger among Palestinians and in the Muslim world generally.

Members of the Arab League will hold an emergency meeting over the crisis on Thursday ( 27 July), the Jordan Times reported.

The attacker was a carpenter working in a residential building used by the embassy, an Israeli statement said. One of the workers attacked the Israeli security official from the rear and began stabbing him with a screwdriver.

The Israeli military arrested more than 20 Palestinians in an overnight sweep on Sunday near the site of Friday night's attack, according to an Israeli military official.

A second Jordanian hit by the gunfire died in hospital. The guard was lightly hurt, the ministry said.

The incident on Sunday night came with tensions high over new Israeli security measures at a highly sensitive holy site in Jerusalem, but it was not clear if there was any link.

Jordanian security forces have surrounded the compound and are reluctant to let him leave the country. Israel's Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the shooting, including on the identity and condition of its injured citizen, because of a government censorship order. The Israeli authorities have also evacuated the staff.

"I refer to my son as a martyr, who was shot to death by the hostile Zionist entity, and we demand that the Israeli security officer be put on trial and sentenced to death", Jawada Jordanian media.

"The security official, who was slightly wounded, defended himself". Jordan and Israel have close security ties, but frequently clash over Israeli policies at the Jerusalem shrine.

Nikolay Mladenov told reporters after briefing the U.N. Security Council behind closed doors Monday that it is "critically important" that the status quo which has been in place at the site since 1967 is preserved.

Israel's security Cabinet has reached no decision about the new security measures at a Jerusalem holy site that have set off a wave of violence. Palestinians say the Israeli measures are aimed at paving the way for the Judaization of the city. Israeli guards opened fire killing 3 intruders and wounding 16 in the worst violence since Europe-wide protests erupted over the capture of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdish Workers Party. Metal detectors installed at entrances to the mosque have become a symbol of the broader struggle over control of the contested compound.

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