Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Israel To Investigate Shooting By Embassy Guard In Jordan

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Shin Bet will investigate the shooting of two Jordanian civilians by an embassy guard in what an initial investigation determined was a self defense shooting during a terror attack.

During the incident, which occurred on July 23, the Israel embassy security guard, identified as Ziv, shot and killed an assailant, 17, who had entered a residential building in Amman occupied by the embassy to install furniture and stabbed the Israeli guard with a screwdriver. The building’s owner, who according to Ynet tackled the assailant and attempted to prevent the attack, was killed after being hit by a stray bullet.

Following the incident, Israel refused to hand over the guard for questioning by Jordanian authorities citing diplomatic immunity. The embassy staff was allowed to leave Amman for Israel nearly two days later amid demonstrations and calls for the death penalty for the security guard.

The investigation is being overseen by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan, according to Ynet. Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also confirmed the investigation to Israeli media.

Jordan has said it will refuse to allow Israel’s embassy staff to return unless a trial takes place.

On Thursday, Jordan’s Attorney General Akram Masaadeh charged the guard in absentia with two counts of murder and for bearing an unlicensed weapon.

Hundreds of protesters marched in Amman on Friday, attempting to surround the Israeli embassy and calling on the government to shut the embassy down, expel the ambassador and cancel the 1994 peace treaty with Israel, i24 reported. The protesters also chanted “Death to Israel” and “No Zionist embassy on Jordanian soil.”

Engage

  • SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK

  • UPCOMING EVENT

    SKY & SCULPTURE

    Hybrid: Online and at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

    Oct 2, 2022

    6:30 pm ET · 

    A Sukkah, IMKHA, created by artist Tobi Kahn, for the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan is an installation consisting of 13 interrelated sculpted painted wooden panels, constituting a single work of art. Join for a panel discussion with Rabbi Joanna Samuels, Chief Executive Director of the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan, Talya Zax, Innovation Editor of the Forward, and Tobi Kahn, Artist. Moderated by Mattie Kahn.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.