A heated television debate between a Jordanian member of parliament
and a local activist this week led to the parliamentarian pulling a
gun on the activist in front of the cameras.
The MP, Mohammed Shawabka, was debating a political activist named
Mansour Sayf al-Din Murad, a former MP who openly supports the regime
in Syria. Murad is the only Jordanian politician who met with
President Bashar Assad after the outbreak of the revolution in Syria
and he continues to lead delegations to Damascus.
Shawabka criticized Murad and accused him of being “an agent of
Syria” and of spreading slander against Jordan. In response, Murad
accused Shawabka of being “an agent of the Israeli Mossad” and of
buying people’s votes with money.