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Israel denies Jordan claim it’s expelling Palestinians

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11 December 2023, Canberra Times

Jordan’s foreign minister, Ayman Safadi, says Israel is implementing a policy of pushing Palestinians out of Gaza through a war that he said meets the “legal definition of genocide”, allegations that Israel rejected as “outrageous”.

Safadi, whose country borders the West Bank and absorbed the bulk of Palestinians after the creation of Israel in 1948, also said that Israel had created hatred that would haunt the region and define generations to come.

Israel launched the offensive in response to an October 7 cross-border killing and kidnapping spree by gunmen from Hamas, the Islamist militant group that is sworn to its destruction.

“What we are seeing in Gaza is not just simply the killing of innocent people and the destruction of their livelihoods (by Israel) but a systematic effort to empty Gaza of its people,” Safadi said at a conference in Doha on Sunday.

“We have not seen the world yet come to the place we should come to … an unequivocal demand for ending this war; a war that is within the legal definition of genocide.”

Asked to respond, Israeli government spokesperson Eylon Levy said: “These are, of course, outrageous and false accusations.” “Israel is fighting to defend itself from the monsters who perpetrated the October 7 massacre, and the purpose of our campaign is to bring those monsters to justice and ensure they can never again hurt our people,” he added.

Israel has been urging Gaza civilians to relocate from battlegrounds for their own safety and would like to see others echo that call, he said.

Safadi argued that Israel’s avowed goal of destroying Hamas was belied by the extent of destruction among Gaza civilians, which he described as indiscriminate.

Safadi also said that major differences had surfaced in talks between a delegation of Arab ministers and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington last Friday over the US administration’s military support for Israel and its refusal to call for a ceasefire.

Australian Associated Press

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