Dangerous proposal to divide Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque – RCJA Secretary General

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AMMAN — The proposal submitted to Israel's Knesset to divide Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque has been deemed a "dangerous" escalation with "unpredictable" outcomes, according to Abdullah Kanaan, the Secretary General of the Royal Committee for Jerusalem Affairs (RCJA).اضافة اعلان

On Thursday, Kanaan criticized the proposal put forth by Amit Halevi, a Knesset member of the Likud Party. The proposal, which has circulated in the media, aims to allocate Al-Qibli Mosque and the southern yards of Jerusalem to Muslims while planning to Judaize the northern site, including the Dome of the Rock, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

Kanaan strongly condemned this move as "provocative" and reflective of efforts to assert Israel's sovereignty and undermine Jordan's historically, legally, and popularly supported role.

Highlighting historical and legal facts, including United Nations resolutions and the jurisdiction of its affiliated organizations, Kanaan emphasized that Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif, spanning an area of 144-dunums, is unequivocally an Islamic property.

He further emphasized that the Jordan-run Jerusalem Endowments Department holds sole responsibility for the management of Al-Aqsa Mosque, aligning with the existing historical status quo in Jerusalem.

Calling on the international community to preserve Jerusalem’s status quo
Regarding future actions, Kanaan called on the international community to preserve Jerusalem's status quo in order to achieve peace and security in the region.

He also urged Israel to comply with the two-state solution, which entails the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Highlighting the RCJA's role in protecting Jerusalem's Islamic and Christian holy sites based on the Hashemite custodianship, Kanaan reaffirmed Jordan's unwavering commitment to defending Jerusalem and Palestine.

He noted that the Kingdom's efforts aim to safeguard Jerusalem's sanctities from Judaization and extremist schemes led by hardline Israeli parties and groups, which, thanks to the steadfastness of Jerusalemites, have failed over the past decades.

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