Efforts underway to change US Embassy street names in Amman, Cairo

Jordanian police stand guard in front of the American embassy in Amman during a demonstration against the US president's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, on Dec. 8, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 10 December 2017
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Efforts underway to change US Embassy street names in Amman, Cairo

AMMAN: Efforts are underway in Jordan and Egypt to persuade authorities to change the names of the streets in both countries where American embassies are located, in response to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Ismail Bustanji a member of Amman’s city council, said he has prepared a resolution to the council to change Al-Umwayeen Street to Al-Quds Arabiya (Jerusalem is Arab) Street.

“We’re doing this because we want the world, and especially those working in or visiting the US Embassy, to know that for us Jerusalem is an Arab city,” he told Arab News.

Egyptian political activist Khaled Dawoud told Arab News that he has passed the idea to various political parties, and is sure they will draft a resolution to similarly change the name of Qasra Al-Dubara Street in Cairo.

Meanwhile, in Jerusalem Palestinian protesters barred a Bahraini delegation visiting Israel from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque.

They said the visit was not coordinated with any Palestinian side, thus constituting normalization of relations with Israel.

The 2002 Arab Peace Initiative calls on Israel to withdraw from all Arab territory occupied in 1967, and an agreed to solution to the Palestinian refugee problem, in return for Arab countries normalizing ties with Israel.

The 22-member Arab League and 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have adopted the peace plan.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian was arrested after stabbing an Israeli security officer in West Jerusalem on Sunday. The injury was not said to be life-threatening.

Protests against the US decision have evolved in the last few days to include new songs, social media campaigns, street demonstrations worldwide, and calls to boycott American products and services.

There was a one-hour strike in Amman’s Jabal Hussein business district, and Jordanian lawyers and judges agreed to a one-hour suspension of legal proceedings in the main courthouses to protest the US move.

Mazen Rushedat, head of the Jordanian Bar Association, has urged the government to approach the International Court of Justice.

He told protesting lawyers that US President Donald Trump has unified Arabs, but that Arab governments still dealing with America as a peace sponsor must re-evaluate their position.


US to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East

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US to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East

DUBAI/WASHINGTON: Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were “defensive purposes,” citing concerns about a threat from Iran.
“The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region,” Shanahan said in a statement.
Reuters first reported plans to send US additional troops to the Middle East earlier on Monday.
Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since last Thursday when two oil tankers were attacked, more than a year after President Donald Trump announced Washington was withdrawing from a 2015 nuclear deal.
Iran said on Monday it would soon breach limits on how much enriched uranium it can stockpile under the deal, which a White House National Security Council spokesman said amounted to “nuclear blackmail.”