Appointing Al-Aqsa workers is Jordanian prerogative

A picture taken on July 2, 2021 in the predominantly Arab neighbourhood of Silwan in the occupied East Jerusalem, shows the domes of the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque behind the walls of Jerusal
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AMMAN —The Awqaf Ministry said appointing guards and employees at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al Haram Al Sharif is a Jordanian prerogative under the ministry’s mandate, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

It said the ministry asserted that the mandate was in collaboration with the Islamic Awqaf Department in occupied Jerusalem.

The ministry emphasized that it doesn’t ‘’accept any participation or dictation from any party,’’ including the Israeli occupation government, according to Petra.

Jordan’s position is firm, the ministry quoted one of its sources as saying.

The Kingdom is the only side charged with implementing the Hashemite custodianship over Islamic and Christian holy sites and endowments in occupied Jerusalem, according to the unidentified source, Petra said.

The source insisted that Jordan has been working to consolidate the historic and legal status quo over the holy shrines in Jerusalem, and that the Al-Aqsa ‘’is purely the right of Muslims, which nobody can share.’’

Commenting on media reports on the Israeli government’s approval of a Jordanian request to increase the number of guards at Al-Aqsa and Al Haram Al Sharif, the source said Jordan independently appointed at least 70 guards since 2016.

However, the source maintained that restrictive measures by Israeli police in the area posed an ‘’obstacle’’, which is preventing guards and employees from arriving at their workplace.

The source affirmed that the ministry, through the Islamic Awqaf Department in Jerusalem, is carrying out its duties, despite the obstacles.

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