Jordan issued a statement on Monday slamming Israel for “assaults” on the Al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, demanding that it respects its “historic and legal status quo”.
Jordan’s ministry of expatriate and foreign affairs took aim at Israel, which occupies East Jerusalem and the West Bank, for sanctioning the forced entry of Jewish settlers into the mosque compound.
The ministry also decried the arrest of staff employed by the Jordan-run Islamic Waqf, or ministry of religious endowments, who controls and manages Islamic edifices in Islam’s third holiest city.
Jordan calls on Israel to stop its violations of Al-Aqsa mosque https://t.co/l8vsLZ93pe
— Joe Catron 🇾🇪 #YemenCantWait (@jncatron) January 25, 2021
“The Noble Jerusalem sanctuary… is a site of worship exclusive to Muslims,” said Dayfullah Al-Fayez, a spokesman for Jordan’s foreign ministry.
“The Jordan-run administration of Jerusalem’s religious endowments and Al Aqsa affairs is – based on international law and historic and legal status quo – exclusively in charge of managing the site and regulating entry,” Al-Fayez added.
The spokesman urged the international community to pressure Israel to end “assaults” on the compound.
[Monday] Jordan demands that Israel end Al-Aqsa ‘provocations’ + "stop blocking restoration work at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound"… as the Waqf [Islamic endowment] is 'the sole authority responsible
for the supervision + maintenance of Al-Aqsa'.” https://t.co/5ymtfstO4t
— Marian Houk (@Marianhouk) January 26, 2021
Jewish worshippers are not currently allowed into Al Aqsa, but groups of Jewish settlers regularly storm the site under the protection of Israeli forces.
Israel has illegally occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem after a war with neighboring Arab countries – including Jordan – since 1967. It has also annexed East Jerusalem.
More than 600,000 Israeli Jews live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in constructions considered illegal under international law.
The US moved its embassy from Tel Aviv, the internationally-recognized capital of Israel, to Jerusalem in 2018, causing global outrage.
(The New Arab, PC, Social Media)