Jordan’s Professional Unions Association will place the Israeli flag at the entrance to its offices throughout the Kingdom so that those entering the building will have to step on it, according to Jordanian media reports quoting the Israeli television.
According to the Jordanian press, the decision was made in condemnation of Israel’s” continued occupation of the Palestinian territories and in response to a complaint Israel submitted to Jordan’s Foreign Ministry on the matter”.
On Sunday, the Israeli Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the Jordanian government over a photo of the Jordanian Information Minister Jumana Ghunaimat stepping on the Israeli flag in the engineers’ union building in Amman.
The acting Jordanian ambassador in Israel, Mohammad Hmeid, has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry for “clarifications”.
In response to Israel’s complaint, Jordan replied that the building was privately owned and therefore the government cannot intervene.
According to Jordanian media reports, the Unions Association Chief, Ibrahim Tarawneh, has ratified the decision to trample on the Israeli flag. The pan-Arab Rai al-Youm newspaper said that the decision was reached following public discourse on the issue.
Jordan’s Professional Unions Association is known for its stance opposing the peace accords with Israel and is an important leader in public opinion.
Israel and Jordan signed a peace agreement in 1994, but relations have often been frosty.