Jordan condemns ongoing violations at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Hundreds of ultranationalist Jews storm the holy site, perform prayers in breach of status quo agreement

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Palestinian paramedics treat an injured worshipper who was attacked by Israeli police at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on September 26, 2022. (Photo: Twitter)
AMMAN — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has condemned the mounting violations and raids carried out under heavy protection of Israeli police by radical settlers at Al-Aqsa Mosque/Haram Al-Sharif complex, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

The ministry’s spokesperson, Haitham Abu Alfoul, on Monday said the escalation of violations and provocative practices at the mosque and surrounding Islamic cemeteries are blatant and unacceptable infringements of the international law and the legal and historical status quo of Jerusalem and its sanctity.

Al-Aqsa Mosque, with its total area of 144 dunums, is a place of worship for Muslims only, he said, noting that the Jordan-run Jerusalem Awqaf and Aqsa Affairs Department is the sole authority mandated to supervise its affairs and manage entry of individuals.

On Monday morning, Israeli forces imposed restrictions at the gates of the mosque and prohibited the entrance of Palestinians younger than 40, in preparation for a police-protected raid by hundreds of radical settlers. Two Palestinians were injured and five others were arrested during the storming.

On Monday, the Lower House’s Foreign Affairs Committee also denounced recurrent violations by Israeli extremists of Al-Aqsa Mosque/Haram Al-Sharif in occupied Jerusalem, under the protection of Israeli police.

The committee head, MP Khaldoun Heina, said the ongoing breaches, provocations, and restrictions of entry of Muslim worshipers into the mosque, one of Islam’s holiest shrines, is “a flagrant and unacceptable violation of the international law and the historical and legal status quo in Jerusalem and its holy places”.

He said the violations and attacks on the holy site are a dangerous escalation, and urged Israel, as the occupying power, to immediately cease all actions and attempts to change the existing historical and legal status quo, impose a temporal and spatial division at Al-Aqsa, and respect the Jerusalem religious Waqf authority that administers the holy complex.

The Israeli media reported that Palestinians scuffled with police in Jerusalem’s Old City Monday morning as “Jewish visitors” toured what Israel calls the Temple Mount to mark the Jewish new year.

According to Israeli police, a group of young Palestinians barricaded themselves overnight in Al-Aqsa Mosque and started launching fireworks from within as the visits began.

International correspondents in occupied East Jerusalem reported that hundreds of ultranationalist Jews entered Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, under the protection of Israeli authorities, for the second day in a row, and that Israeli police attacked Palestinians gathered in the compound, and prevented others from entering.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, at least three Palestinians were injured on Monday by Israeli forces. Journalists reported that 10 others were arrested in and around the compound.

Israeli forces were seen using batons to attack Palestinian women and elderly men, as well as journalists.

Some of the ultranationalist Jews who entered, prayed at the site, despite a general consensus among Orthodox Jews that Jewish prayer is not allowed in Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Al-Jazeera reported on Monday.

Jewish prayer at the site is seen as provocative by Palestinians, and a reversal of a decades-long consensus to not allow the practice.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian presidency condemned the Israeli occupation forces’ and settlers’ storming the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, attacking Muslims praying there, and arresting a number of them.

Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said that the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by the settlers “is part of the Israeli escalation against our people, their land and their holy sites”. He warned that the continuation of these practices will lead to an explosion of the situation and more tension and violence.

He added, that a number of settlers blowing trumpets at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque in plain sight of the Israeli police is a dangerous escalation in the series of continuous attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque, and an attempt to impose a new fait accompli.

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