(JNS.org) A total of 110 members
of Jordan’s Parliament have signed a petition calling for the release of Ahmad Musa Mustafa Daqamseh, a Jordanian
soldier who murdered seven Israeli schoolgirls on a on a “Isle of Peace” field
trip to the Israeli border town of Naharayim in 1997.
The flag of Jordan.
“Along with the
other six families, we intend to fight this,” Shlomo Bedayev, father of Shiri,
one of the victims, told Ynet.
“I expected him to
rot in jail, but I can’t count on the Jordanian court and authorities to
promote justice. We turned to governmental sources in the past, but it didn’t
really help,” said another parent, Nurit Fatihi, who lost her daughter Sivan, according
The families and
administrators of the AMIT Shachar School in Beit Shemesh, where the seven
girls attended, plan to hold a protest outside the Jordanian Embassy.
The attack came a
few years after peace was signed between Israel and Jordan in 1994. Jordan’s
late King Hussein, who was previously scheduled to visit Israel, made an
unprecedented move to visit each of the family’s homes following the attack.
Daqamseh was sentenced to life in prison for the murders by a Jordanian
But Daqamseh’s popularity
has grown in Jordan in recent years. Hussein Mjali, a former Jordanian
minister, has previously referred to Daqamseh as a “hero” and added, “If a Jew
killed Arabs they would have built a monument in his honor.”
petition, the release of Daqamseh is highly unlikely, according to Jordanian
source cited by Ynet. The source said,
“The king is at the head of the pardoning process” and would never consider a
pardon for that particular case. The source also noted that Jordan’s Ambassador
to Israel attended a memorial service for the school girls last year.