The Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates issued Tuesday, October 3, a stern condemnation of ongoing violations by extremist Israeli settlers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the restrictions imposed by the Israeli occupation on Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Old City.
The Ministry’s spokesperson, Ambassador Sufian Al-Qudah, emphasized the Israeli occupation’s responsibility to abide by international law and humanitarian norms as an occupying power.
“Israel must respect its obligations in accordance with international law and international humanitarian law, given its status as the occupying power in East Jerusalem,” stated Al-Qudah.
He called for an immediate halt to all Israeli violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque, underscoring its significance as a place of exclusive worship for Muslims, spanning 144 dunams.
Al-Qudah asserted that the Israeli occupation has no sovereignty over ‘East Jerusalem’ and cannot impose restrictions on Palestinians’ access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
He highlighted that the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs is the sole authority managing mosque affairs and access regulation.
Additionally, he underlined that Israeli provocative actions against Al-Aqsa, both inside and around it, constitute a flagrant breach of international law and historical and legal precedents governing Jerusalem and its sacred sites.