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Israel accountable for escalation in Jerusalem

Jordan and Palestine on Saturday said that Israel, as the occupation power in Palestine, is responsible for any further escalation in the occupied Palestinian lands, a Foreign Ministry statement said
Jordan and Palestine on Saturday said that Israel, as the occupation power in Palestine, is responsible for any further escalation in the occupied Palestinian lands, a Foreign Ministry statement said. (Photo: Unsplash)
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AMMAN — Jordan and Palestine on Saturday said that Israel, as the occupation power in Palestine, is responsible for any further escalation in the occupied Palestinian lands, a Foreign Ministry statement said. اضافة اعلان

During their talks, Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi and his Palestinian counterpart, Riyad Al-Maliki, held "the occupation authorities responsible for the dangerous escalation in occupied Jerusalem".

Safadi urged the international community to take immediate and effective steps to stop the "illegal and inhumane Israeli practices against the Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem and in Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif", where Palestinian youth have over the past weeks risen to confront frequent Israeli attempts to violate the sanctity of the revered Muslim shrine. 

Safadi and Maliki said that Jerusalem and its holy sites are a "red line," describing the Israeli violations as a flagrant violation of international law and a provocation to the feelings of two billion Muslims, adding that such an aggression is "a crime that will fuel the conflict and push the region towards further escalation".

Safadi affirmed that Jordan, under the guidance and follow-up of His Majesty King Abdullah, the custodian of Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, will continue to devote all its capabilities to protecting holy sites, their Arab, Islamic and Christian identity, and the historical and legal status quo in the holy city.

Safadi and Maliki also stressed the continuation of joint work to protect the right of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to their homes and prevent their eviction in favor of Jewish settlers falsely claiming ownership of these houses. 

The two ministers stressed that Israel, as the occupying power, has a responsibility to protect the rights of Palestinians to their homes, and warned that evicting Palestinian residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood from their homes constitutes a war crime, and is a violation of international humanitarian law, the Geneva Convention and the Hague Convention.

The two ministers also discussed preparations for the emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers next week to discuss the situation in Jerusalem, and emphasized the continuation of coordination and joint action regionally and internationally to confront the Israeli violations and protect the Palestinian people and their rights, especially their right to their independent and sovereign state within the lines of June 4, 1967, with occupied Jerusalem as its capital.

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