Jordan condemned, on Thursday, the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli extremists in the occupied city of Jerusalem, under the protection of the Israeli police.
This came in a statement issued by the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of which Anatolia received a copy, in response to dozens of settlers storming, on Thursday, Al-Aqsa Squares, under security protection, to celebrate the so-called Jewish “Day of Atonement”.
“We condemn the continued Israeli violations in Al-Aqsa Mosque, the latest of which was the storming of large numbers of extremists into the mosque and their provocative behavior under the protection of the Israeli police,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Haitham Abu Al-Ful.
He added, “The Israeli actions against the mosque are rejected and condemned.”
Abu al-Ful considered that these actions “represent a violation of the historical and legal status quo, international law and Israel’s obligations as the occupying power in East Jerusalem.”
He added that “Al-Aqsa, with its entire area of 144 dunums, is a place of worship purely for Muslims, and that the Department of Endowments for Jerusalem and the affairs of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jordan is the legal authority with exclusive jurisdiction to manage all the affairs of the campus and organize entry to it.”
The Jordanian spokesman called on the Israeli authorities to “stop the violations, respect the sanctity of the mosque, respect the legal and historical status quo and respect the authority of the Jerusalem Endowment Administration.”
Extremist Israeli groups had called for intensifying incursions into Al-Aqsa during the “Yom Kippur” period, which began on Wednesday evening and ends on Thursday evening.
The incursions take place in two shifts, in the morning and after the noon prayer, through the Mughrabi Gate in the western wall of the mosque, with the facilities and escort of the Israeli police.
It is noteworthy that the Jerusalem Endowments Department of the Ministry of Endowments, Sanctuaries and Islamic Affairs in Jordan is the official supervisor of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Endowments of Jerusalem (East), according to international law, which considers Jordan the last local authority supervising those holy sites before their occupation by Israel.
Jordan also retained its right to supervise religious affairs in Jerusalem under the Wadi Araba Agreement (the 1994 Jordanian-Israeli peace agreement).