Jordan: Jews on Temple Mount are a 'provocation' to Muslims

Jordanian minister claims Jews visiting Temple Mount 'harm' Al-Aqsa mosque, 'provoke' Muslims around the world.

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The Jordanian government condemned Israel for allowing Jews to visit the Temple Mount, calling it "irresponsible" and "provocative to Muslims around the world."

Jordan's Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani published a statement declaring Israel's actions "unacceptable." Israel, he said, is "provoking in an irresponsible fashion" Muslims around the world.

Momani also claimed Israel is "harming" the "blessed Al-Aqsa mosque."

According to Momani, Israel's policy contradicts international law, which requires the preservation of holy sites.

Israel's actions also harm the relationship between the two countries, and makes it difficult to reduce tension and preserve the historical and legal status quo at Al-Aqsa, Momani claimed. He insisted Israel cease the "provocations" and honor Jordan's role as protector of holy places in Jerusalem, as per the contract between Jordan and Israel.

Israel Police recently stopped a soccer game on the Temple Mount, confiscating the ball from the Arab youths. Arabs continuously desecrate the holy site by holding soccer games against the law, and even have clowns perform there.

The Supreme Court ruled that soccer games are forbidden on the Temple Mount, since they desecrate the site's holiness. This policy does not include the area near a school on the Temple Mount.

In 2014, a Jewish group filmed Muslims dumping garbage on the Temple Mount.

In 2011, Muslim religious authorities concluded a clandestine eight-month dig on the Temple Mount that is intended to erase traces of the Jewish Temple's Altar.








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