Jordan warns Israel against ‘barbaric’ attacks on mosque
May 10 2021 12:54 AM
Women carry signs as they demonstrate to express solidarity with the Palestinian people near the Isr
Women carry signs as they demonstrate to express solidarity with the Palestinian people near the Israeli embassy in Amman yesterday. The sign reads: “Save the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood”.

Reuters / Amman

Jordan urged Israel yesterday to stop what it described as “barbaric” attacks on worshippers in Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque and said it would step up international pressure.
Jordan, which has custodianship of Muslim and Christian sites in Jerusalem, said Israel should respect worshippers and international law safeguarding Arab rights.
East Jerusalem tensions have spilled over into clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians around Al Aqsa, at the height of the Ramadan fasting month.
“What the Israeli police and special forces are doing, from violations against the mosque to attacks on worshippers, is barbaric (behaviour) that is rejected and condemned,” the government said in a statement.
Frictions have mounted in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, with nightly clashes in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah — a neighbourhood where numerous Palestinian families face eviction.
King Abdullah said Israeli actions in the holy city were an escalation and called on it to end its “dangerous provocations”.The monarch accused Israel of trying to change the demographic status of the holy city which contains sacred sites.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said the kingdom, which lost East Jerusalem and the West Bank in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, would do its utmost to protect rights of Palestinians against ownership claims by Jewish settlers. “Israel as the occupying force carries responsibility for protecting rights of Palestinians in their homes,” Safadi said in comments on state media. Jordan blames Israel for allowing right-wing religious Jews entry into the Aqsa mosque compound, saying this ignites passions and raises risks of a wider regional conflagration.

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