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Israeli security forces killed Raed Zuaiter, a Palestinian judge working in Jordan, at the Jordan river crossing into the West Bank, in an altercation. The parliament is considering a revised antiterrorism bill that makes it a crime to fight with, or seek to join, radical groups. Mohammad al-Shalabi a.k.a. Abu Sayyaf, a Jordanian Salafist leader, criticized the bill as "amending the law to classify some 2,000 young people who are fighting [in Syria] as terrorists" so they could be sent to prison. Officials began closing illegal crossing points from Deraa in Syria into al-Ramtha.
Some 120 Islamist prisoners, including extremist cleric Abu Qatada, began a hunger strike to protest conditions of their detention. Two days ago, Qatada threatened to boycott his retrial on terrorism charges. Over the past several months, Jordanian authorities have arrested scores of jihadists trying to travel to Syria.
During his retrial on terror charges, extremist cleric Abu Qatada said al Qaeda's two branches in Syria, the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, should stop infighting and offer "unequivocal submissiveness" to al Qaeda's emir. "Our brave Jihadists in Syria should unite their ranks and be obedient to Dr. Ayman to prevail in the war," he stated. Qatada also pled not guilty and castigated the judge. Shadi Al Bazayaah, a longtime Salafi jihadist, has reportedly been killed while fighting for Al Nusrah in Syria. Amman resident Mustafa Khater was sentenced to five years in prison for links to Al Nusrah. An estimated 2,000 Jordanian jihadists are said to be fighting in Syria, and about 80 percent of them are fighting alongside Al Nusrah.
Extremist cleric Abu Qatada pled not guilty to terrorism charges, and challenged the authority of the court. He was previously tried and sentenced in absentia by Jordan in 1999 and 2000, but has a right to retrial while present. After a brief hearing, the judge adjourned the trial until Dec. 24. Yesterday a court sentenced a Jordanian man to five years' hard labor for illegally entering Syria and fighting there.
The trial of radical cleric Abu Qatada has been set for Dec. 10. Qatada was extradited from Britain in July to face terrorism charges stemming from plots against Westerners in Jordan over a decade ago. The army said over 1,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in the past 72 hours. The Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood plans to try three founders of the reformist Zamzam splinter group in an internal shura council court.
The Islamic Action Front, as well as Civil Aviation head Mohammad Quraan, criticized Israel's plan to build a new international airport at Eilat very near to Jordan's international airport at Aqaba. Authorities last week arrested Salafi jihadist leader Khalil Alkam a.k.a. Abu Obidah along with three others who were also seeking to travel to Syria to fight with rebel forces. So far 30 other members of the Salafi jihadist movement have been arrested; 20 for planning to join fighters in Syria and 10 for attempting to illegally cross the border into Syria. Officials say the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are recruiting in Jordan; over 400 Jordanians are said to have been recruited for Syrian jihad.