Jordan renews pledge to protect Jerusalem’s holy sites
AMMAN — Jordan on Monday strongly denounced Israeli violations against Al Aqsa Mosque which threaten the ongoing efforts to revive the peace process.
In a statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Mohammad Momani voiced Jordan’s deep concern over the Israeli authorities’ serious violations against the holy sites of Jerusalem, mainly Al Aqsa Mosque, calling on Israel to respect the international laws and conventions on the occupied territories.
Momani also stressed that Jordan will continue its historical role in safeguarding Al Aqsa Mosque and other holy sites in Jerusalem, and will stand firm against Israeli attempts to change the Arab and Islamic identity of the holy city, the statement said.
Jewish worshippers hoping to ascend the Temple Mount in commemoration of Tisha B'Av were bitterly disappointed as, once again, police prevented them from ascending. The hundreds of Jewish worshippers who waited Tuesday morning to enter the Temple Mount were turned away by the Jerusalem Police, who informed them that the district commander had ruled that entry to the Mount is forbidden to Jews.
The group included Members of Knesset Shuli Mualem-Rafaeli (Bayit Yehudi) and Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin (Likud). Several yeshivot (religious academies) were present as well.
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