Daily Israel Report

Arab League Contemplates Turning to UN Over Al-Aqsa

Arab League discusseds the possibility of filing a complaint to the Security Council over alleged “Israeli attacks on the Al-Aqsa compound."
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 2/27/2014, 5:12 AM

Riots on the Temple Mount
Riots on the Temple Mount
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The Arab League discussed on Wednesday the possibility of filing a complaint to the UN Security Council over alleged “Israeli attacks on the Al-Aqsa compound”, the Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an news agency reported.

The discussion was part of an “emergency session” that the Arab League called on Tuesday, at the request of the Palestinian Authority (PA) envoy.

The discussion came in response to Tuesday’s Knesset debate about extending Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount.

According to Ma’an, the Arab League council called upon the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to spread awareness regarding the “dangers” threatening the compound in order to gain support for the complaint.

The council also called upon the EU, major powers, and UNESCO to take responsibility in Jerusalem and to protect Islamic and Christian holy sites from Israeli threats.

The Arab League condemned what it called “the continuous Israeli violations of the Al-Aqsa compound,” reported Ma’an.

The League added that there would be no peace without a Palestinian state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital, and claimed that recent Israeli actions are intended to foil the peace process.

The claims are ridiculous and outrageous given that Jews are forbidden to pray on the Temple Mount and are sometimes arrested for attempting to do so, despite the fact that the Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism.

The restrictions on Jewish prayer at the compound are due to Muslim pressure. Israeli police, in an attempt to appease the Muslim Waqf which was left in charge of the compound after the 1967 Six Day War, ban Jews from praying or performing any other form of worship. Police sometimes close the Mount to Jews altogether in response to Muslim riots - for days or weeks at a time - despite evidence that such violence is usually planned in advance for the specific purpose of forcing Jews out.

Nevertheless, on Tuesday morning,  hours before the Knesset debate, riots broke out on the Temple Mount, as Arabs threw rocks and firecrackers at police when they opened the Rambam Gate, the only entrance through which Jews are permitted to enter the compound. As a result police closed the site to Jews.

On Wednesday, Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur warned that his country might review a 1994 peace treaty with Israel over the Knesset discussion.

A majority of Jordanian MPs voted earlier Wednesday to seek the expulsion of Israel's ambassador to the kingdom.