Hebrew Voices #34 – Apartheid in Palestinian Jordan

Apartheid JordanIn this episode of Hebrew Voices, Apartheid in Palestinian Jordan, Nehemia Gordon speaks with Mudar Zahran, Secretary General of the Jordanian Opposition Coalition and an orthodox Muslim who advocates for separation of mosque and state. According to Zahran, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is really a Palestinian State in which the vast majority of the population are treated like second-class citizens in the country where they were born. The Jordanian-born Zahran currently lives in exile in London—facing a life sentence in prison in Jordan because of his outspoken opposition to the apartheid regime that rules the country.

Zahran begins by explaining the Turkish, Ottoman and British occupations of Jordan and the Hashemites who currently rule there. This group of 87 Bedouins rules over eight million people (primarily Palestinians) without granting rights or representation. Zahran translates a popular proverb among Palestinians in Jordan, “Israel is more merciful.”

Explaining that US policy makers will only speak with the Hashemites and the Muslim Brotherhood, Zahran calls on US listeners to contact their congressional representatives and urge them to have communications with the Jordanian Opposition Coalition. Zahran is straightforward that his coalition seeks power in Jordan—power to honor and expand the peace agreement with Israel, to shut down Islamist groups in Jordan, and to expand the war on terror.

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Bio: Mudar Zahran is a Jordanian Palestinian writer and the secretary general of the Jordanian Opposition Coalition. He was born in Amman, Jordan. He has two master's degrees from Southern New Hampshire University and a PhD in Middle Eastern banking in the UK. Before seeking asylum in the UK, Zahran was serving as Economic Specialist and Assistant Policy Coordinator at the US Embassy in Amman, serving also the US Embassy in Baghdad. During his work at the US Embassy, Zahran covered critical and sensitive matters regarding Jordan, reporting to two US ambassadors, with his reports being forwarded to the US Department of State, the US Department of Treasury, the CIA, the US Department of Homeland Security and, occasionally, the FBI.

Mudar Zahran, Jordanian Opposition Coalition:
"Write to your congressman just three lines:

Mr. or Mrs. Congressman/ Congresswoman, I've heard about Mudar Zahran of the Jordanian Opposition Coalition. He is the leader of seculars in Jordan. Our government is not talking to him and ignoring him. We understand that Jordan could be subject to change like other Arab countries. Could you please, Mr. or Mrs. Congressman or Congresswoman, write to the CIA or the Department of State and tell them, 'You have to talk to this person.'"


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14 thoughts on “Hebrew Voices #34 – Apartheid in Palestinian Jordan

  1. shalom nehemiah. In the interview your guest mentioned that every plaestinian carries a Jordanian passport, correct me if I am wrong, is it possible that I could see for myself an actual picture of such a passport owned by an palestinian.

  2. Surprising that this historical information isn’t more widely known. It’s the first I’ve heard of this earlier “Two State” treaty. I see the benefits of supporting a ‘potentially’ moderate secular democratic government as opposed to the known anti Israel muslim brotherhood taking control of Jordan.

    However, I see this subject a different way. I cannot put my support to any version of a “Two State Solution” including this one. Because, I think it opposes the will of the God of Abraham in that it trades land for peace. The Creator of the universe promised to give ALL of the land from the Nile to the Euphrates to the Son’s of Israel. Look at a map.

    Great podcast but, I won’t be writing my representatives.

  3. Nehemia, I am sure that in the interest of time and other considerations, portions of your interviews end up “on the cutting room floor.”

    Did you discuss with Mr. Zahran his retraction/apology several years ago of his op-ed calling Jordan an apartheid state? That incident seems very odd, given that Zahran even published a letter from his father (who was still in Jordan) in which the elder Zahran lays out what he said were the many ways that “Palestinians” were being given special *favorable* treatment by the Jordanian government.

    Somebody there is either confused or bowing to pressure and propaganda. Both can’t be right. Zahran has now gone back on his promise, so the obvious question is: Why?

    • Just to be clear, I think it is quite possible that he meant everything he said about Jordan in 2010, apologized because he didn’t want to bring trouble on his family, but then over the last several years decided that he could no longer be quiet about the situation.

      I think that Israel is entitled to far more land than it has today, and far more than the 1922 “postponed” mandate or even the 1920 originally proposed mandate (which included all of what ultimately became Jordan). My reading and understanding of scripture is that Yehovah promised Israel a big chunk of what is presently Saudi Arabia and western coastal Egypt as well.

      But… there is so much more complexity to last 100 years of the situation over there that I’d like to hear about!

  4. Thank you Nehemiah for the incredible insight. I have written my congressman, our state’s senators and our new President. Now I will contact the real leader daily, through unrelenting prayer!

  5. Shalom,Shalom may YHVH bless your hands in all that your doing to get this information out to all persons who follow the TRUTH thank you.

  6. Finally! A voice of reason! My heart was racing, hearing this stunning interview with the truth, so encouraging, I listened 3x. I had no idea such a man/movement was out there! This is an “untouchable” subject: Jordan was always/is the Falestinian state!
    Put him on Breitbart Jerusalem and get him more exposure!
    I pray that Zahran gets the exposure he needs and deserves, and Trump and Kushner will receive him and what he stands for!
    You are entering a new level of journalism, going into orbit!

  7. My, oh my Nehemia…I’m so glad you are not sitting around waiting for the next New Moon. Your willingness to find and interview Mudar Zahran elevates you into the real school of journalism. The discussion was frighteningly fascinating; history, current events, future implications. Thanks for the script for U.S. action per Mudar’s instruction. Oh…and now that you have given voice to Mudar’s “long tongue”, consider wearing a kevlar vest. Thank you very much for bringing this perspective to us.

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