Jordan Goes Extreme

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and was Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center. I am now Deputy Editor of the critical edition in anthology of Jabotinsky's writing in English.

What a mess those Temple Mount cameras have turned out to be.

They are not yet up since a decision was announced last November.

When the Waqf started putting them up, Israel police took them down as all was to be down in coordination.

We've been arguing since.

Here's how US Sec'y of State John Kerry introduced the matter:

Israel welcomes increased coordination between Israeli authorities and the Jordanian Waqf, including to ensure that visitors and worshipers demonstrate restraint and respect for the sanctity of the area in accordance with their respective responsibilities. In fact, they plan to meet soon to strengthen security arrangements on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount. That is to say Israeli authorities and Jordanian Waqf and authorities will meet soon in order to strengthen that security relationship.

Now, I am also very pleased to announce today that Prime Minister Netanyahu has agreed to what I think is an excellent suggestion by King Abdullah to provide 24-hour video coverage of all sites on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif. This will provide comprehensive visibility and transparency, and that could really be a game changer in discouraging anybody from disturbing the sanctity of this holy site. I expect Jordanian and Israeli technical teams will meet soon to discuss the implementation of this idea alongside other measures to maintain and enhance public order and calm.

And now, this extremism:-

Installing cameras at the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram al-Sharif will enable 1.7 billion Muslims across the globe to remain in touch with the holy shrine [that was the reason???] and those taking care of it, State Minister of Media Affairs, Muhammad Momani, said on Wednesday.

The minister, who is also government spokesman, said the cameras will put an end to violations by extremist Israeli settlers, explaining that the cameras will not be installed at praying places at the holy shrine and this is a clear evidence that the cameras are meant to monitor moves by extremist Jews and not to monitor Muslim worshippers.

Momani added that the installation of the cameras will refute Israeli claims that "Palestinian rioting" is to blame for their provocations and violations against the holy shrine by Israeli police and extremists. The minister emphasized that the cameras and the footage they will provide will help Jordan document Israeli violations and pursue legal action at international arenas.

He noted that Israeli right-wing groups oppose the installation of cameras at the holy shrine because this measure will strengthen the Jordanian presence at the holy site.

And this Arabic-language source, as well.

The only thing I agree with there is that yes, indeed, the whole linkage with Jordan is not to my taste.

If the cameras are not inside Al-Aqsa, how can we observe the presence of youthful rioters gathering during the evening, collecting rocks, preparing fireworks and fire-bombs and constructing  barricades?  How can we identify the criminals?

And one more thing: why does not the Netanyahu government or at least Mr. Netanyahu as Foreign Minister complain over these words, and others before from other Jordanian officials, which are in blatant violation of the letter and spirit of the Israel-Jordan  Peace Treaty's Article Nine:


Each party will provide freedom of access to places of religious and historical significance...The Parties will act together to promote interfaith relations among the three monotheistic religions, with the aim of working towards religious understanding, moral commitment, freedom of religious worship, and tolerance and peace.

Netanyahu surely recalls what he said last October when the cameras idea was borached:

Israel has an interest in placing surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount to debunk the claim it is changing the status quo there, to show the real source of the provocations and stop them in real time

Time, real time, is passing.

Will Israel lose the opportunity to assure tranquility at the holy site, a measure of cooperation and coexistence or --- will we lose the entire picture?



I received this from Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA:

While in the case of the Al-Aqsa Mosque cameras will not be installed inside the mosque itself, there is absolutely NO religious prohibition on having a live feed from within the mosque.  Click on the live cam URL below to watch activity INSIDE the mosque in Medina - Saudi Arabia - a location HOLIER than Al-Aqsa for Islam.


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