Jordan in diplomatic push in support of Jerusalem

Protestors show solidarity as attacks against Palestinians continue

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Palestinians chant slogans during a rally in support of demonstrators in Jerusalem on April 24, 2021, in Gaza City. (Photo: AFP)
AMMAN — Jordanian diplomacy was active Sunday in a push to end the Israeli aggressions in Jerusalem, as activists took to the streets in a show of solidarity. اضافة اعلان

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi held a series of calls with peers and an international official to discuss  the latest developments in the holy city, which saw Jewish settlers attacks Palestinian homes and  young Palestinians  gathering to repel the racist attacks.

According to the Foreign Ministry, Safadi and his Palestinian counterpart Riyad Maliki “sounded the alarm on what they described as the ‘grave’ developments in Jerusalem stirred by Israeli provocations in the occupied city.

Safadi, who is also the Kingdom’s deputy prime minister, and Maliki discussed over the phone the situation in Jerusalem after the unrest that gripped the city due to Israeli “provocative measures” and Jewish settlers’ attacks. They urged an immediate halt to the attacks and measures that might lead to further tension and violence.

The top diplomats called on the international community to intervene and pressure the Israeli authorities into tackling the issue of “extremist and racist” organizations in Jerusalem’s Old City. They emphasized that Israel must respect the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan by lifting all measures restrictive to Palestinian Muslims.

Safadi also talked to his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukry, and both issued similar remarks, calling for a halt to the Israeli practices, an international intervention and push towards a peaceful and just solution to the Palestinian issue.

The foreign minister conveyed the message to UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland. The conversation focused on the need to stop the provocative Israeli measures and extremist groups’ attacks on Jerusalemites in the Old City, and restoring calm in the city.

Safadi stressed the need to make every possible effort to stop these provocations and to ensure the right of Jerusalemites to access to the sacred Al-Aqsa Mosque /Al-Haram Al-Sharif, in order to defuse tension and restore calm.

Safadi condemned the extremist group’s attacks on Jerusalemites in the Old City, which have escalated since the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan, and stressed the importance of international efforts to protect the Palestinians and ensure that Israel carries out its responsibilities as the occupying power, according to a ministry statement.

Safadi and Winsland agreed to continue coordination in efforts aimed at stopping the deterioration of the situation and the threat it poses to security and stability, and work out the necessary action to return to negotiations as the only way to achieve peace.

Meanwhile in Jordan, attacks on Palestinians in Jerusalem by Israeli forces inspired peaceful shows of solidarity on Sunday evening in cities around Jordan.

“Our protest comes under the title of supporting and backing-up the Palestinian movement which is rising up today,” Bashar Al-Assaf, member of the Political office at the Jordanian Democratic Popular Unity Party, told Jordan News during a demonstration held in Amman on Sunday.

Dozens of youth from different Jordanian political parties held signs to express their solidarity with Palestinians facing violence in Jerusalem. Their slogans called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from Amman, criticized the Wadi Araba agreement , and stressed that “Palestine is not alone.”

The Israeli Authorities attacks on Palestinians continued for the third day in a row in Jerusalem and have resulted in multiple injuries among young Palestinians. Occupied Jerusalem is a flashpoint for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Jordanian intellectuals joined the voices condemning the occupation forces’ practices.

 “There is an occupation going on since 1967, and it is the right of people who are under occupation in international law to fight and protest this occupation,” Hassan Abu Nemeh, former Jordanian ambassador to the United Nations, told Jordan News in an interview over the phone.

“These practices have been ongoing for a long time; they are not new,” Abu Nemeh said, describing “the break-ins at Al-Aqsa Mosque, challenging wills of Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims as well as breaching the terms of the treaty with Jordan and breaching the Hashemite guardianship over the Islamic and Christian holy sites.”

“The actions undertaken by extremist settlers are unacceptable,” Jamil Nemri, a former representative and president of the Palestinian committee at the lower house, told Jordan News in an interview over the phone.

“We are in full solidarity with Jerusalemites and support their situation,” Nemri said.

He added that the Palestinian people need real solidarity from Arabs, urging Arab countries that have normalized their relations with Israel should review their positions on the issue.

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