Ma'an News Editor says Jordan left alone in Al Aqsa dispute


Published: 2017-07-20 13:03

Last Updated: 2017-07-20 14:07

Large protests are expected to continue in Palestine on Friday. (Wikimedia Commons)
Large protests are expected to continue in Palestine on Friday. (Wikimedia Commons)
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The Arab world has left Jordan fighting alone in the current crisis over Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to Nasser Al Allaham, the editor in chief of Palestinian News Agency Ma’an.

Writing for Ma’an news, Allaham described the Kingdom's position as "honourable" while the Arab position on the crisis is "paralysed."

The Arab world has left "Jordan fighting alone without any Arab state intervening," he said. He pointed out that "news bulletins on Israeli channels" speak only of "Jordan's position" and attack it angrily, going on to argue that this is "a position of honor and glory to Jordan."

Jordan is the custodian of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Israeli-occupied east Jerusalem and has repeatedly denounced what it says are violations of rules at the site, Islam's third holies

This comes as large protests are expected to continue in Palestine on Friday, in response to Israel's previous closure of Al Aqsa, which followed a shoot-out which left three Palestinians and two Israeli occupation forces soldiers dead.

In response to the installation of metal detectors at the entrance to Al Aqsa by Israeli forces, the Islamic Waqf called for a boycott of prayers at the mosque, instead urging worshippers to pray in the streets around the compound.

Protests have also taken place in Jordan, which has a peace treaty with Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday called for an “angry protest” in downtown Amman on Friday.

Jordan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ayman Safadi, said that "Israel should cancel all its actions that attempt to impose new facts on the ground in violation of its legal and international obligations as the occupying power."

The minister stressed that the continued tension in Jerusalem "threatens a crisis that will be difficult to solve in the hands of Israel. They must immediately open Al-Aqsa Mosque completely and without any obstacles."