Jordanian Lawmaker Praises Late Mother Who Wished to ‘Blow Herself Up Among Zionist Jews’
A member of the Jordanian Parliament praised her late mother on Tuesday for wishing “to don an explosives belt and blow herself up among the Zionist Jews.”
Speaking at a special session of the House of Representatives, MP Huda Etoom said her parent “did not leave a single stone unturned when it came to obeying Allah,” and had only the desire to mass murder Jews “left in her soul” before she died, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Calling this an example of the sentiment “of all free people,” Etoom said, “we shall continue to feel remiss unless we are martyred on the land of Palestine, which is our number one cause, our all-consuming concern, and the right we redeem with every single drop of blood.”
“Concern for the holy places and the details of the Palestinian cause is a priority on which we must not compromise,” she argued.
Etoom concluded by praying, “May Palestine be forever a free Arab country, from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea,” a refrain repeated by anti-Zionists who call for the establishment of a Palestinian state in place of Israel.
The lawmaker did not seem to elicit any negative reactions from her colleagues, one of whom answered “Wa alaykumu as-salam” — the response to a traditional Islamic greeting — over a microphone after she concluded her address.
Etoom represents Jerash, located some 30 miles north of the capital Amman. A former educator and a member of the reform bloc of the Muslim Brotherhood, she attended a meeting with new Jordanian Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz days before her speech.
Jordan, which invaded Israel during the 1948 War of Independence and joined the 1967 Six-Day War after agreeing to a defense pact with Egypt, signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994. It is estimated that at least half of its 10 million citizens are of Palestinian descent.
Palestinian suicide terror attacks have been carried out since 1989, killing hundreds of Israeli civilians and reaching their peak during the Second Intifada in 2002. Most were directed by Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and Fatah, the current ruling party of the Palestinian Authority.
The number of suicide bombings sharply decreased after Israel built the West Bank security barrier.