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AMMAN — Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan found himself in hot water this week after his participation in a Jewish charity event in Britain last month was exposed in local media.

The Prince, who is the uncle of King Abdullah II and brother of the late King Hussein, spoke at a Nov. 21 fundraiser for the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

He was photographed with the organization’s president, Vivian Wineman, and treasurer, Laurence Brass.

In a country where anti-Israeli sentiment runs high and most of the 7.5 million citizens are Palestinians, the move was seen riding roughshod over public sensitivities.

Adding insult to injury, the event was held less than a week after the end of hostilities between Israeli and Hamas in Gaza.

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In his speech, Prince Hassan insisted the Jordanian monarchy will remain in power, despite the recent large demonstrations against recent price hikes.

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