By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) -Jordan urged Israel on Sunday to cease what it described as ‘barbaric’ assaults on worshippers in Jerusalem’s al Aqsa mosque and mentioned it will step up worldwide stress. Jordan, which has custodianship of Muslim and Christian websites in Jerusalem, mentioned Israel ought to respect worshippers and worldwide legislation safeguarding Arab rights
By suleiman al-khalidi
AMMAN (Reuters) -Jordan urged Israel on Sunday to cease what it described as “barbaric” assaults on worshippers in Jerusalem’s al Aqsa mosque and mentioned it will step up worldwide stress.
Jordan, which has custodianship of Muslim and Christian websites in Jerusalem, mentioned Israel ought to respect worshippers and worldwide legislation safeguarding Arab rights.
East Jerusalem tensions have spilled over into clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians round al Aqsa, Islam’s third-holiest mosque, on the top of the Ramadan fasting month.
“What the Israeli police and particular forces are doing, from violations in opposition to the mosque to assaults on worshippers, is barbaric (behaviour) that’s rejected and condemned,” the federal government mentioned in a press release.
Frictions have mounted in Jerusalem and the occupied West Financial institution, with nightly clashes in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah – a neighborhood the place quite a few Palestinian households face eviction.
King Abdullah, whose Hashemite household claims descent from Islam’s Prophet Mohammad and attracts legitimacy from its custodianship function, mentioned Israeli actions within the holy metropolis have been an escalation and referred to as on it to finish its “harmful provocations”.
The monarch accused Israel of attempting to vary the demographic standing of the holy metropolis which incorporates websites sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
Jordanian Overseas Minister Ayman Safadi mentioned the dominion, which misplaced East Jerusalem and the West Financial institution within the 1967 Arab-Israeli warfare, would do its utmost to guard rights of Palestinians in opposition to possession claims by Jewish settlers.
“Israel because the occupying pressure carries duty for safeguarding rights of Palestinians of their houses,” Safadi mentioned in feedback on state media.
Jordan blames Israel for permitting right-wing non secular preventing entry into the Aqsa mosque compound, saying this ignites Muslim passions and raises dangers of a wider regional conflagration.
“Israel’s unlawful actions have harmful repercussions on the steadiness of the area,” Safadi mentioned.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned his nation was safeguarding the proper of worship and wouldn’t tolerate rioting within the compound that homes Al-Aqsa Mosque and revered by enemies because the Temple Mount.
Jordan had earlier offered the Palestinians with land deeds in Sheikh Jarrah it says proves Israeli settler claims to the property have been groundless.
“The eviction of Palestinians of Sheikh Jarrah from their houses is a warfare crime,” Safadi mentioned.
A number of hundred Jordanians protested close to the fortified Israeli embassy within the capital as dozens of anti-riot police stood by as scores chanted “Demise to Israel”.
They referred to as for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and scrapping of an unpopular peace treaty with Israel. Many voters in Jordan are of Palestinian origin.
(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Enhancing by Andrew Cawthorne, Nick Macfie and David Evans)
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