Jordan condemns Israeli gov’t for allowing extremists to storm Al-Aqsa

Israeli occupation forces stand near the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex on August 7, 2022, amidst Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip
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AMMAN — The Jordan Foreign Ministry expressed strong condemnation on Thursday regarding the Israeli government's role in allowing extremists, including a member of the Knesset, to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif. اضافة اعلان

These actions, it said, were deemed highly provocative and unacceptable, particularly as the extremists were accompanied by Israeli police officers who provided protection, Ad-Dustour daily reported.

Exacerbating the situation
In a statement, the ministry cautioned that such actions further exacerbate the already tense situation, especially considering the forthcoming provocative and escalatory march scheduled to take place in occupied Jerusalem Thursday afternoon.

The ministry firmly asserted that Israel has no sovereignty over Jerusalem and its holy sites, emphasizing that East Jerusalem is recognized as occupied Palestinian territory.

Violation of international law
Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ambassador Sinan Majali, confirmed reports of the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by a member of the Israeli government, Knesset members, and extremist individuals, who were consistently supported and shielded by Israeli police.

These actions were denounced as flagrant violations of both historical and legal realities, as well as international law.

Majali emphasized the sanctity of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Quds Al-Sharif, stating that the entire 144-dunum area is a sacred place of worship for Muslims. He further clarified that the Jordanian Department of the Jerusalem Endowments and the Affairs of the Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque holds exclusive jurisdiction to manage the affairs of the Holy Mosque and regulate entry to it.

In light of these developments, Majali called upon Israel, as the occupying power, to cease all practices and violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, urging respect for its sanctity.

He underscored the imperative to halt any measures aimed at altering the historical and legal status quo, and to acknowledge the authority of the Jerusalem Endowment Administration over the Mosque.

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