Jordanian policemen guard the parliament near an Israeli flag painted on the street by the protesters in front of the parliament in Amman March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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Jordanians urged the government to shut the country's Israeli Embassy and scrap its unpopular peace treaty with the Jewish state Friday, after a Jordanian judge was shot dead by an Israeli soldier at a border crossing.Jordan is one of only two Arab states to have formally ended hostilities with Israel, but this has never won significant domestic favor, given Israel's continued occupation of the neighboring West Bank, and fears of a spillover of violence if Israel does not soon make peace with Palestinians there. Jordan's parliament also demanded that the government expel the Israeli ambassador, and hundreds of Jordanian judges and lawyers staged a rare protest inside the chamber of the palace of justice, the highest state court building, trampling on dozens of Israeli flags rolled on the floor.Late Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Israel's insistence that the Palestinians publicly recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
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