BDS Activists Pressure Jordanian Parliament to Cancel Israeli Gas Deal

Qatari Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carrier "Duhail" passes through the Suez Canal on April 1, 2008

TEL AVIV – The Jordanian parliament is considering the cancellation of a natural gas import deal with Israel following pressure from the Jordanian Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Members of the Jordanian parliament are expected to participate in the discussion, and 32 MPs already announced they will vote against the deal.

The BDS movement called on Jordanians to “join us in the parliamentary discussion about the planned gas deal with the Zionist entity tomorrow at 15:30. Your participation will strengthen our resolve and the decisiveness of the MPs opposing the deal.”

The discussion follows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s declaration to the High Court of Justice on Sunday that Jordan has cancelled its decision to import gas from Israel.

However, Jordanian BDS activists said that Netanyahu’s remarks are not to be taken seriously, since they came after a secret meeting held between senior Jordanian officials and representatives of gas giant Noble Energy a few weeks ago.

Coordinator of the national campaign for the cancellation of the Israeli gas import deal, Dr. Hisham Bustani, told the Jordanian newspaper al-Ghad on Tuesday that “we are still waiting for the Jordanian government to confirm Netanyahu’s declaration.”

According to Bustani, “If Jordan has indeed cancelled the gas deal with Israel, it is an important step that assures Jordan’s security and puts an end to the financing of Zionist terrorism from citizens’ pockets.”

The Times of Israel reported that a Jordanian delegation recently visited Algeria and held talks with a gas company there about a possible import agreement.


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