Published: Tue, August 20, 2019

Jordan summons Israeli envoy over Jerusalem violations

Jordan summons Israeli envoy over Jerusalem violations

Deputies voted for a number of proposals during the emergency session, drafted by the House's Palestine Committee, including the rejection of the spatial and temporal division of Al Aqsa Mosque/Al Haram Al Sharif in violation of worldwide law, and a commendation of the Jordanian diplomacy, under His Majesty King Abdullah's leadership, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Jordan summoned Israel's ambassador on Sunday in protest over "violations" at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the foreign ministry said.

On Monday, Jordanian lawmakers recommended that the country expel Israel's envoy in Amman and shutter the Israeli embassy to protest Israeli "violations" against the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi also tweeted on Sunday, "Met #EU ambassadors to stress urgency of effective Int'l steps against Israel's violations of Holy Sites in occupied #Jerusalem".

Also on Sunday, the Royal Committee for Jerusalem Affairs called on worldwide organisations, the United Nations and peace-supporting countries to oblige Israel to maintain the status quo in the holy city to realise peace and security in the region and the entire world.

Muslim worshippers clashed with Israeli police as hundreds of Israelis visited the site - on a day in which Muslim and Jewish holidays coincided. The text of the recommendations referred to Israel as "the Zionist entity" and warned against "allowing Jewish settlers to carry out Talmudic prayer" at the Temple Mount.

Muslim worshippers' access to Al-Aqsa and the adjoining Dome of the Rock is controlled by Israeli security forces. The Palestinians, he added, are in coordination with Jordan on this issue. As a result, the Jordanians hold a majority on the Waqf council.

During the session attended by Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs Musa Maaytah and Minister of State for Media Affairs Jumana Ghunaimat, President of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (APU) and Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh urged the government to convey to Israel that its ongoing aggression against Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque jeopardise peace.

"I think there is an injustice in the status quo that has existed since '67", he told Israel's Radio 90.

"We need to work to change it so in the future Jews, with the help of God, can pray at the Temple Mount", he said.

He clarified that he opposed introducing such a change unilaterally. Jewish people have been allowed to visit the site but have been banned from praying there.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as the Palestinians, condemned Israel over the clashes.

Jordan's foreign ministry reportedly expressed "the kingdom's strong condemnation" over Erdan's statements.

According to Erdan, 1,729 Jews entered the Temple Mount on Tisha B'Av, a record high for a single day.

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