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In Jordan, Gaza rage turns to US as Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood make gains

As Hamas' popularity soars in Jordan, its ally the Muslim Brotherhood is also gaining political traction.
11/17/2023 Amman, Jordan. Hundreds of demonstrators carry placards and Palestinian flags during a solidarity protest in support of Palestinians in Gaza, in downtown Amman, Jordan, on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023. Jordanians called for an immediate withdrawal of American military bases from Jordan as Israel raids Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza. (Photo by Annie Sakkab / Middle East Images / Middle East Images via AFP) (Photo by ANNIE SAKKAB/Middle East Images/AFP via Getty Images)

AMMAN — With the Gaza war in its third month, frustration and anger among the Jordanian masses is boiling. Massive demonstrations in support of Hamas and the Palestinian resistance have kept their momentum, the crowds still strong and their cries for the liberation of Palestine still loud.

“The level of anger and frustration is at its highest,” veteran journalist and political commentator Osama al-Sharif told Al-Monitor. “Now, the anger is very, very much directed toward the US as a full partner to the genocide that’s taking place in Gaza,” he said. 

The United States supplies Israel with billions of dollars in military aid annually, and has pledged billions more since the Israel military launched its air and ground assault into Gaza, which has killed over 20,000 Palestinian men, women and children. 

On Dec. 8, hundreds gathered to protest in front of the US Embassy in Jordan. “America is the root of terrorism,” the crowd chanted in unison as they waved the Palestinian flag. 

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