Jordan decries Israel arrest of Palestinian cleric

JAMAL HALABY
FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2006 file photo, Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, pauses during a media conference in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Israeli police detained Mufti Hussein, a top cleric in the Palestinian territories, and are questioning him over his role in disturbances at a holy Jerusalem shrine Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordanian lawmakers have denounced Israel's arrest of a top Palestinian cleric and in a symbolic gesture, voted that the Israeli ambassador to the kingdom be expelled.

Although Wednesday's vote in the 150-seat chamber in Amman is not binding to the Jordanian government, it underlines frustration in the kingdom over Israeli policies toward the Palestinians.

The Jordanian legislators also demanded that the kingdom's envoy be recalled from Tel Aviv and started drafting a recommendation that the government annul the 1994 Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty.

The session came after Israeli police earlier in the day detained Mohammed Hussein, the mufti of Jerusalem, for questioning over disturbances at a disputed holy site.

Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour later said he would formally protest the Israeli action. There was no immediate comment from Israel.