Israeli Embassy Guard Shoots and Kills 2 Jordanians
August 23 2017, 11:12 | Irvin Gilbert
Jordanian killed and Israeli injured inside the Israeli embassy in Amman (update)
The crisis had been triggered by a shooting on Sunday in which an Israeli embassy guard killed two Jordanians after one attacked him with a screwdriver. The king's immediate reaction following the terrorist shooting right outside the Temple Mount that killed Israeli policemen Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan was to condemn the attack and call for Israel to reopen the site for prayer.
The second Jordanian, who died from his wounds in hospital, was identified as the building's landlord. Besides the security guard, the landowner of the building and the two delivery workers were present.
Representing Jordan, Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi briefed Arab counterparts on King Abdullah's efforts to address the recent Israeli measures at Al Aqsa Mosque/Al Haram Al Sharif.
Dr. Oded Eran, former Israeli ambassador to Jordan, said security measures at the embassy in Amman would be stepped up, but Jordan would also need to take steps.
"The killer was smuggled and it was another insult when the prime minister welcomed him while he is a murderer and killer", said Khaled Habashneh, one of the protesters on Friday.
The Israeli was in an "unstable" condition, the news site said.
The incident took place in the backdrop of high tension between Israel and Palestine after Israel installed electronic detectors at the entry of Al Aqsa mosque in Occupied Jerusalem, Jordan being the custodian of the holy shrine.
Jordan has called for the removal of the metal detectors and thousands of Jordanians have protested against the Israeli move in an outpouring of public anger against Israel.
Mohammed Jawawdeh, 17, who was employed to fit a bedroom set in the apartment, was shot dead after stabbing the Israeli - referred to only as "Ziv" - in the back with a screwdriver.
As a member of the embassy staff, Ziv enjoyed diplomatic immunity and thus was not subject to prosecution, and Amman has stressed that they complied with worldwide law by allowing him, along with the rest of the Israeli embassy staff, to leave the country. I told both of them that we are holding ongoing contacts with security and government officials in Amman, on all levels, in order to bring the incident to a close as quickly as possible. Israel has since removed the devices, including metal detectors and CCTV cameras.
However, the Israelis refused, saying the guard has diplomatic immunity.