Jordan's Abdullah Continues Betrayal of Palestine
By Iqbal Jassat
Montreal Muslim News Network
December 17, 2002
No matter how eloquently King Abdullah II of Jordan seeks to portray
Islam as compassionate, caring and tolerant, he will not succeed in
colouring his despotic monarchy as a "tolerant Muslim state" pursuing the
footsteps of his father as a "great peacemaker against the forces of
Unfortunately for him Jordan has become synonymous with deception,
collusion and betrayal. And until he recognizes the validity of this
stigma, as well as the sheer weight of historical evidence which
underpins Jordan's treachery to the Arab cause - not excluding Palestine
- he will continue serving the interest of Zionist colonialism and US
His article titled "The Prophet Betrayed" (Sunday Independent; December
15) sadly reflects the fact that he is as misguided as his father was and
as willing as his great grandfather to continue their shameful tradition
of inordinate submission to western demands. Together with many other
Arab despots, Abdullah II knows only too well that western acceptance of
stable dictatorial regimes has to do with considerations which go beyond
their oppressive conduct towards their populations.
The West disregards the fact that in Jordan, this conduct embraces
detentions, torture, killing and kidnapping. And the favourable
considerations include the regime's brutal behaviour towards Palestine,
Islam and other human rights issues. It is no less than this convergence
of interests which allows Arab leaders to suppress their people in order
to stay in power thereby ensuring that western political and economic
exploits remain on track.
By mentioning the assassination of his great-grandfather Abdullah I, he
not surprisingly omitted the reasons. It is documented by respectable
historians and commentators that this forebear of the current "little
king" was at the center of an episode which marked the beginning of a
long era of betrayal. As the British imposed "emir" - later graduated to
"King" - of an artificial creation "Transjordan" Abdullah I proposed
recognition of the British mandate, including its aim of creating a
Jewish homeland in Palestine. This amounted to an abandonment of
Palestinian resistance and was vigorously opposed by authentic leadership
until the scheme was eventually dropped.
As a surrogate of the British, it was not for Abdullah I to question that
even the 1917 Balfour declaration was contradictory and contained the
seeds of its own destruction; it promised a national home to the Jews
without prejudicing the rights of the Arab people. While his father
Hussein I, (Great great-grandfather of Abdullah II) was being promised
primary Arab leadership over the entire Arabian Peninsula for his
treacherous role in assisting the eviction of the Ottoman Khalifate,
contrary promises were also being made to his archrival, Ibn Saud. The
Arab Revolt, as the Hashemite uprising against the Ottomans came to be
known, was not a mass movement and had very little to do with the Arab
people. According to Said Aburish it was "an Anglo-Hashemite conspiracy"
which depended on Bedouin mercenaries, British money and a number of Arab
officers in the Turkish army who had defected to Britain.
Occupying his father's throne in a dynasty which originated in 1922 with
the artificial creation of Jordan, does not confer any legitimacy on
Abdullah II. Neither does the abuse of "holiness" stemming from claims of
belonging to the clan of Hashemites justify his shameless groveling at
the feet of Israel's war criminal premier Ariel Sharon.
Other than an ingrained willingness to continue the tradition of
betrayal, what else will explain Jordan's closure of Hamas offices in
Amman and their replacement with Israel's notorious secret service
If he is inclined to follow his own advice that is to prevent the abuse
of religion, may he be reminded that the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon
him) was a messenger of God not the founder of a dynasty.
On his recent visit to Beirut, British Labour MP George Galloway warned
Arab students not to allow foreign powers to decide which country will be
governed by which ruler. He said that he regularly passes two rooms in
the British parliament where the Balfour Declaration was written and
where the Sykes-Picot Plan to carve up the Middle East was devised.
Since September 11 a third room has opened where new maps for the region
are being drawn up. As in the past with the connivance of his forebears
which allowed the Arabian peninsula to be carved up, Abdullah II, as the
current deputy-sheriff lording over his people is complicit in the new
designs and thereby an impediment to the liberation of Palestine.
Iqbal Jassat is Chairman of the Media Review Network, an advocacy group
based in Pretoria. He can be reached via e-mail at: mrnmweb.co.za