Jordan, Egypt, Condemn Israel’s Sunday Assault against al-Aqsa Mosque

JORDAN/EGYPT, September 13, 2015 (WAFA) – The government of Jordan and Egypt Sunday strongly condemned the Israeli police attack against al-Aqsa mosque and worshipers early Sunday, which left dozens to suffer from tear gas suffocation and caused partial damages inside the compound.

According to Petra News Agency, Jordanian “State Minister for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani warned of the continuous Israeli attempts to change reality in the holy shrine in violation of international laws.”

Momani called on the Israeli government ‘to end its provocative acts as well as violations against the holy sites in the occupied city of Jerusalem,’ stressing Jordan’s utmost rejection of such acts.

Petra reported Momani as saying that,  ‘Jordan will continue to confront all Israeli measures against the Islamic and Christian holy sites In Jerusalem and to exert all its power to maintain the Islamic shrines.’

The agency reported on the minister as affirming the need for Israel to refrain from making any changes to  the status quo at the compound and to respect the Jordanian role as the caretaker of holy sites in Jerusalem in line with a 1994 peace treaty with Israel.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian government condemned the ‘unacceptable escalation’ at the mosque compound, warning of the dangerous consequences of the continued Israeli violations of the religious sanctity of holy sites. It stressed that such acts undermine all efforts exerted toward the resumption of peace  talks.

In a press statement issued by Egypt’s foreign ministry, the government also called on the Israeli authorities to stop its policy of ‘brinkmanship’, stressing that serious negotiations that reflect the true political will of all parties is the only way to reach a comprehensive and a just solution to the Palestinian cause in order to enable the Palestinian people to regain their legitimate rights in accordance with the resolutions of the international legitimacy.

Early Sunday, Israeli police imposed severe restrictions on the entry of Palestinians into the mosque, while allowing settlers’ entry; police attacked Palestinians inside the compound with tear gas canisters and stun grenades, and chased them down to force them to leave the compound. Dozens of suffocation cases were reported among Palestinians.