This weekend four radical Jordanian Parliamentarians attended services for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in his home town, praising him for his “martyrdom”.
In one interview with Arabic television, (Al Arabiya) one of the Parliamentarians, Abu Fares, went as far as to say that those who were murdered in the Amman hotel bombings were not “martyrs” but were “ignorant people”…
Today, hundreds of protesters rallied in Amman, Jordan against the terrorists of Al Qaeda and their hate filled supporters.
Jordanian protesters hold pictures of King Abdullah and wave Jordanian flags during a protest Monday June 12, 2006 denouncing four lawmakers who attended the wake of the terrorist behind last year’s hotel bombings in Jordan. Police were holding for questioning Monday the four legislators – Mohammed Abu Fares, Jaafar al-Hourani, Ali Abu Sukkar and Ibrahim al-Mashwakhi – who paid condolences Friday at the Jordanian family home of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of al-Qaida in Iraq who was killed in a U.S. airstrike last week. (AP Photo/Nader Daoud)
Four mainstream Parliamentarians were detained by authorities for voicing sympathy for slain al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and attending services for the terrorist in his home town:
One of the deputies, Mohammed Abu Faris, had attended prayers for Zarqawi’s soul during Friday prayers in the militant’s birthplace in the industrial city of Zarqa, 25 km (16 miles) northeast of Amman, and called him a “martyr,” witnesses said.
The three other deputies in custody had visited his family in Zarqa and offered their condolences.
Zarqawi’s family received hundreds of wellwishers who flocked to a tent set up near their home in the working class city to pay their respects.
The action by the radical lawmakers brought protesters out on Monday in support of Pro-American Jordanian King Abdullah in Amman.
Angry Jordanians shout during a protest Monday June 12, 2006 denouncing four lawmakers who attended the wake of the terrorist behind last year’s hotel bombings in Jordan. (AP)
Al Arabiya aired comments by Abu Fares sympathizing with the terrorist attacks on the Amman Hotels in November:
Abu Fares explained that the term “martyr” did not apply to Jordanians who died in last November’s triple hotel blasts in Amman. The attacks were claimed by al-Zarqawi’s group.
“I can’t describe them as martyrs; these were mobs and ignorant [people],” Abu Fares told Al Arabiya satellite station on Saturday.
Parliament argued that Abu Fares’ comments marked a “serious precedent” in sanctioning killing, glorifying murderers and insulting al-Zarqawi’s Jordanian victims.
The trial of the unsuccessful female suicide bomber will begin this week in Jordan.
Sajida al-Rishawi would face two charges arising from the al Qaeda attack on Amman hotels on November 9 which killed 60 people.
** Zarqawi was responsible for the slaughter of hundreds of innocents. His largest planned chemical attack in Jordan however, that would have killed up to 80,000 people was foiled by Jordanian authorities when the terrorists were caught crossing into Jordan from Syria with trucks loaded with chemicals for the attack… 80,000 people!