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Monday, October 25, 2004

Jordanian protestors: 'Oh, Kassam, don't let any Jew sleep,'

About 700 Jordanians staged a short but noisy protest in the capital city Friday against US presence in Iraq and IDF operations in the Palestinian territories.

'Oh, Kassam, don't let any Jew sleep,' the protesters chanted, referring to the homemade Kassam rockets that Palestinians have fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

The demonstrators marched about 500 meters from the downtown al-Husseini Mosque to Amman's city hall, where they dispersed quietly. A few police officers watched the protest, but did not intervene.

The protesters, who comprised members of the fundamentalist Islamic Action Front and several left-wing political parties, carried banners with slogans such as 'No to the Zionist and American aggression on Iraq and Palestine.'