The Jordanian ministry of Islamic affairs and holy sites strongly denounced the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) for facilitating the entry of Israeli soldiers and extremist Jewish figures into the Aqsa Mosque’s courtyard on Monday and described it as a provocative act.
About 60 Israeli soldiers from the navy, Jewish fanatics, one Knesset member and three Shin Bet officers were seen yesterday morning desecrating the Aqsa Mosque and strolling around in its courtyards.
In a press release, the Jordanian ministry stated that the IOA carried out on May 22, 2012 destructive excavations in Al-Maghariba area near the Aqsa Mosque and erased historical Islamic ruins, and on May 28 of the same year it allowed extremist soldiers to provoke the feeling of Muslims and raise the Israeli flag in the courtyard of the Dome of Rock Mosque.
The ministry said that Israel flagrantly insists on violating all international agreements which require it to respect Jordan’s role in taking care of the Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem.
It stressed that the Israeli persistence in tampering with and damaging the Islamic historical sites in Al-Maghariba area are very disturbing and reprehensible and demand Israel to stop its violations immediately.