Jordan has denounced, in the strongest terms, the ongoing Israeli violations and provocations against Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem.
Israeli extremists, early Sunday, broke into the mosqueâs compound in occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, in large numbers, under Israeli police protection, raising Israeli flags and provoking confrontations with Muslim devotees and the Islamic Waqf guards, there.
Videos from PNN correspondence showed Israeli special forces violently attack Palestinians in the mosque, in midst of Israeli settlers chanting pro-Israeli slogans.
Israeli forces abducted a Palestinian child after brutally beating him inside the gates of the mosque compound.
Jordan’s State Minister for Media Affairs and official government spokesman, Mohammed Momani, said that the Jordanian embassy in Tel Aviv had lodged a protest with the Israeli foreign ministry, expressing the kingdom’s strong condemnation of “such irresponsible behavior” and demanding an immediate halt to these actions.
Petra news agency reported, according to WAFA, on the ministerÂ stating that such rejected practices, which are perpetrated by extremist groups under the protection of Israeli police, violate the sanctity of the holy place, inciting worshipers and Muslims throughout the world.
He said that the raids into the holy site are also in breach of Israel’s obligations as the occupying power in East Jerusalem under international law and the international humanitarian law, and run against all international norms and conventions that emphasize the respect of the places of worship of all religions.
Momani stressed that maintaining calm at the Haram Al Sharif comes through the respect for the existing historical and legal status and the management of the holy shrine by the Jerusalem Waqf religious authority.
The minister held the Israeli government fully responsible for the safety of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the violations by extremist groups and settlers.
He called for the immediate cessation of such provocations, preservation of the historical status quo in the holy shrine and respect for Jordan’s role as custodian of the holy sites in East Jerusalem, which was recognized by the peace treaty between the two countries.
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Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (email@example.com)