World Bulletin / News Desk
Jordan's Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned Israeli Ambassador in Amman Daniel Nevo to protest "Israeli violations" against the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the city of Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem).
"Jordan has notified the Israeli envoy regarding its rejection of Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the detention of [Muslim] worshippers, restrictions on entry into the mosque compound, and the frequent forcible entry into the holy site by [Jewish] settlers," the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry went on to say it had asked the Israeli government to "immediately" halt all violations against the mosque, holding the self-proclaimed Jewish state responsible for the iconic mosque's safety.
Nevo, for his part, said he would personally deliver the message to the Israeli government, according to the ministry's statement.
Israeli officials, meanwhile, could not be reached for comment.
In 1994, Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty that normalized relations between the two countries and allowed them to exchange ambassadors.
Ties between the two neighbors recently soured, however, after an Israeli lawmaker proposed legislation that would revoke Jordanian oversight of Palestinian holy sites in violation of the treaty's terms.
Jordanians were further angered by last month's killing of a Jordanian judge by Israeli border guards at a crossing point between the Hashemite kingdom and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, have repeatedly forced their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex. The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
Israel occupied Al-Quds during the 1967 Middle East War, eventually annexing the holy city – which it then claimed as its capital – in 1980.Last Mod: 22 Nisan 2014, 10:10