Jordan sends ‘letter of protest’ to Israel

04-10-2023 03:51 PM

Ammon News - Jordan on Wednesday conveyed its objections to the Israeli Embassy in Amman through a letter. The letter expressed Jordan's strong disapproval of the presence of extremist settlers and Israeli Knesset members in the vicinity of the al-Aqsa Mosque/Haram al-Sharif area, which was happening under the protection of the Israeli police.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates' letter also condemned several actions, including the restriction of access for worshippers to the mosque, the desecration of Islamic graves, and the increasing attacks on Christians in occupied Jerusalem.

Sufian Qudah, the spokesperson for the Ministry, emphasized in the letter the importance of Israel, as the occupying power, adhering to its obligations under international law concerning the city of Jerusalem and its religious sites. It called on Israel to halt any actions that might undermine the sanctity of these holy places and to cease any attempts to change the historical and legal status of Jerusalem.

The memorandum also reiterated that the al-Aqsa Mosque, with its entire area of 144 dunums, is solely a place of worship for Muslims. It emphasized that the Jordanian-run Waqf and al-Aqsa Affairs Administration in Jerusalem have exclusive authority over all matters related to the holy site and its access.

Qudah demanded that the Israeli government put an end to any measures aimed at interfering in the affairs of the al-Aqsa Mosque. He stressed the importance of respecting the historical and legal status quo of Jerusalem and its sacred sites.

He concluded by stating that the ongoing violations and attacks on these sacred sites could lead to further escalation and should be stopped immediately.

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