An overwhelming 110 members of the Jordanian House of Representatives signed a petition demanding a pardon for a Jordanian soldier who shot and killed seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997.A number of Jordanian MPs refer to Daqamseh as a hero in this initiative.
Ahmad Musa Mustafa Daqamseh shot the girls during a school fieldtrip in Naharayim, near the Israel-Jordan border, and is currently serving a life sentence.
This is not the first time there has been a push in Jordan to release the heinous murderer. I reported on earlier attempts in 2008, 2009, 2011 , including from Jordan's justice minister and the head of "human rights" organizations.
Some 31 members of parliament demanded his release in 2009. Now the number is apparently more than triple that.
Yes, in "moderate" Jordan, a soldier who wantonly mows down schoolgirls is considered a "hero" by a large percentage of people.
|Memorial to the girls in Naharayim|