Jordan does not recognize Israeli Supreme Court’s authority in East Jerusalem

EU voices concern over Israeli attempts to seize Christian properties

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An unidentified Jewish settler seen breaking into the ancient Orthodox Church on Mount Zion, June 6. (Photo: Twitter)
AMMAN — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates denounced Friday continued attacks by Jewish settlers on the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate’s properties in the holy city of Jerusalem, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The ministry warned of repercussions following the Israeli Supreme Court’s ruling on church property, stressing its denial of the Israeli courts authority in the occupied Palestinian territories and in East Jerusalem.

Ministry spokesperson Haitham Abu Alfoul affirmed Jordan’s absolute rejection of all measures aimed at changing the identity of occupied East Jerusalem, including the Old City. He also affirmed the Kingdom’s rejection of changing the legal and historical status quo in Jerusalem, including Islamic and Christian properties and endowments, voicing Amman’s unwavering stance that supports the Jerusalemites and the Greek Orthodox Church against such attacks.

He said that Israel bears full responsibility for continued attacks and violations by settlers, stressing that Jordan, based on the Hashemite Custodianship over the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, will take every possible measure to safeguard the holy sites and maintain the legal and historical status quo in Jerusalem in order to make it a key for peace and a symbol for tolerance and harmony.

Meanwhile, EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah voiced concern over an Israeli group’s takeover of Greek Orthodox properties in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, Petra reported.

“Attempts by settlers to take over Christian property in the Old City of Jerusalem must be halted as they jeopardize the heritage and traditions of the Christian community,” the EU’s representative office in the Palestinian territories said in a statement.

Earlier, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate against the takeover of Christian properties by settler organization Ateret Cohanim.

President of Jordan Evangelical Council Rihani David told Jordan News that “the Christian denominations in Jordan all stand denouncing the tragic violations that are taking place in Jerusalem against Christian properties.”

He added that “we all stand behind the Hashemite leadership that rejects these attacks, and we value the Royal and Hashemite tutelage efforts in defending Christian holy sites.”

“Jordan’s position is courageous and clear, and it must be emulated, especially since these attacks do not affect Christians in Jerusalem only, but also the Christians of the whole world,” he added.

In a related development, the Lower House’s Foreign Affairs Committee decried Friday the continuous attacks by settler groups on the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate’s properties in Jerusalem.

It said the committee voiced its “absolute” rejection of all measures aimed at changing occupied East Jerusalem’s identity and character, including the Old City, and altering Jerusalem’s historical and legal status quo and its sanctities, including Islamic and Christian properties and endowments.

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