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Jordanians turn off the lights to protest gas deal with Israel


By AFP & Roi Kais

Citizens have been protesting the signing of a deal to purchase gas from Israel, and Sunday night, many shut off their lights for an hour to communicate their displeasure; ‘The gas deal is an occupation,’ was the slogan.

Ever since the announcement last week that an American-Israeli consortium had signed a deal to export gas to Jordan, the protests in the kingdom haven’t ceased. After protests and demonstrations on Friday in Amman with the slogan “The gas deal is an occupation,” opponents on Sunday night chose to turn off their lights for an hour.

The $10-million contract was signed with the National Electric Power Company of Jordan (NEPCO) and would provide 8.4 million cubic meters of gas to Jordan per diem over 15 years with an option of 1.4 million supplementary cubic meters.

Friday, following Muslim prayers, hundreds protested in the capital against “the importation of gas from the Zionist enemy” after being encouraged to do so by professional syndicates and political parties that also call to cancel the peace treaty with Israel. “The Jordanian people is free; the Zionists’ gas is a disgrace.”

A social-media campaign called that citizens turn off their lights from 9 to 10pm to protest the controversial deal. Many uploaded pictures of


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