Jordan called on Israel to desist from its violations and provocations, and to respect the historical and legal status quo and the authority and powers of the administration of the Jerusalem Endowments and the affairs of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
This came in a memorandum sent by the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Israel, according to a statement issued by the ministry’s spokesperson, Deif Allah Al-Fayez, on Monday. Read also Al-Jazeera camera tour in Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem What if you live in Jerusalem and the window of your house overlooks the Dome of the Rock?
Al-Fayez condemned the continued Israeli violations in Al-Aqsa Mosque, by allowing extremists to enter it in the first ten days of the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan, under the protection of the police.
He added that the Kingdom condemns and rejects the Israeli actions against the mosque, and considers it a flagrant violation of the historical and legal status quo, international law, the obligations of Israel – the occupying power in East Jerusalem – and the sanctity of the mosque and the sanctity of the holy month.
He emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with its entire area of 144 dunums (a dunam equals a thousand square meters), is a pure place of worship for Muslims.
He stressed that the Department of the Jerusalem Endowments and the Affairs of the Blessed Jordanian Mosque is the authority that has the sole and exclusive jurisdiction to manage all the affairs of the Haram and regulate entry to it, in accordance with international law and the historical and legal status quo.
Al-Fayez called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities. To pressure Israel to stop the ongoing violations of the Temple Mount.
Barriers and narrowing
Since the beginning of Ramadan on April 13, the Israeli police have set up iron barriers in the form of corridors in the Bab al-Amud Square in Jerusalem. To prevent the Jerusalemites from sitting on the terraces of the square, and measures were imposed to prevent their access to Al-Aqsa Mosque. Advertising
The Israeli police arrested dozens of Palestinian youths, and wounded several others, during confrontations that sparked international reactions.
And the Jerusalem Endowments Department, affiliated to the Ministry of Endowments, Holy Places and Islamic Affairs in Jordan, is the official supervisor of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and endowments for East Jerusalem, under international law, according to which Jordan is the last local authority to supervise these shrines before its occupation by Israel.
Jordan also retained its right to supervise religious affairs in Jerusalem, according to the “Wadi Araba” peace agreement signed between the Kingdom and Israel in 1994.
In March 2013, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed an agreement giving Jordan the right of tutelage and defense of Jerusalem and the holy sites in Palestine.