Jordan presents 8 demands regarding custodianship of Al-Aqsa — report

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AMMAN — Jordan demanded reinstating its longstanding role as the custodian of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s old city in the wake of constant attacks and incursions by Israeli occupying forces and settler groups, Arabi21 news website reported.اضافة اعلان

Traditionally, Jordan has been the guardian of Muslim and Christian holy shrines in Jerusalem’s walled old city since the occupying forces captured the territory from the kingdom in the 1967 war. The Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty, concluded in 1994, recognizes a ‘’special’’ Jordanian role in guarding the shrines.

However, Israeli forces have often breached the terms of the treaty with Jordan and accords with the Palestinians, making bloody incursions into Al-Aqsa, Islam’s second holiest shrine. Militant Israeli settlers have also repeatedly broken into the mosque compound, often under protection by Israeli forces, for unscheduled prayers--also violating a longstanding status quo.

Arabi21 said among the eight Jordanian demands is the “return to the historical status,” which includes the transfer of the full powers confiscated by the occupation police to the Kingdom’s Awqaf Directorate. Jordan also demanded the suspension of the occupation’s exclusive authority to determine arrangements for visits by Muslim worshippers.

The demands, made in a document communicated with the occupation authorities through the US, also requested the cessation of other violations, such as the often-violent incursions by Jewish settlers, the forced removal of Jordanian Awqaf guards byIsraeli police and allowing Jews to pray inside Al-Aqsa, a purely Muslim shrine.

A non-official occupation response came via political commentator Yitzhak Reiter, who said Israel must be allowed to organize visits by Jewish groups into the Al-Aqsa Mosque in addition to allowing such visits from all nine gates instead of one.

He said it was important to build a higher fence over the Western Wall to prevent stones from being hurled by Palestinians from reaching the settlers.

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