Jordan Demands Israel End Jerusalem Violations

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men join a group of religious Jews under Israeli police protection on a visit to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on October 27, 2015. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled to contain inflammatory rhetoric from his government over the holy site, which is sacred to both Muslims and Jews, at the heart of a wave of deadly Palestinian unrest. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI

The Jordanian government on Monday condemned the recurrent Israeli violations against Al Haram Al Sharif /Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The condemnation came after Israeli forces stormed the mosque on Sunday and Monday, assaulting worshippers and mosque employees, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The Israeli forces used rubber bullets and stun grenades inside, restricting the entry of worshippers. Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani called for an immediate intervention to stop the unjustified violations and to oblige Israel, as an occupation force, to respect the status quo at the shrine, the third holiest for Muslims after Mecca and Medina.

For its part, Islamic Commission and the Awqaf Council condemned the incursion of Israeli forces into the Aqsa Mosque and attacking worshipers inside. They considered the attack as a violation of the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan and a provocation to Muslims.

Both bodies stressed that the Aqsa Mosque is for Muslims only and will not be for any others whatever it takes. The Jerusalem’s committee in the Arab common list bloc at the Israeli Knesset condemned the attack as well and underlined that the Aqsa is a sacred place for Muslims. It warned of more tension due to Israeli repeated storming of the Aqsa and abusing Muslim worshipers.

Deputy Prime Minister and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh contacted Israeli officials, in which he expressed the Kingdom’s condemnation and utter rejection of the provocative Israeli practices, demanding that they should be stopped immediately.

Momani said that contact with the Israeli side is still ongoing to stop the violations and called for the international community to shoulder its responsibilities and intervene.