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Christian leaders in Jerusalem pledge solidarity with Moslem authorities

Hostility against Israel rages in Jordan

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12 Nov 2014 (All day)
Christian leaders in Jerusalem pledge solidarity with Moslem authorities

Leaders of Jerusalem’s Catholic and Orthodox churches met with Moslem officials this week, declaring their solidarity against what they described as Israeli “oppression” and “violations” of the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem’s Old City. Examples they cited of such “violations” included rumors about plans to change the status quo on the Temple Mount which have been dismissed as “fabrications” by Israeli officials but which have persisted nonetheless. The statement also reaffirmed the leaders’ commitment to the so-called “Pact of Omar” which was established following the Moslem conquest of Jerusalem in 637 AD which codified understanding that Moslems have a superior legal, political and social status to all others in the Levant, while also protecting the rights of non-Moslems to practice their religion.

The statement also reaffirmed the legal custodianship of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan over all Moslem and Christian religious sites in Jerusalem and throughout Israel.

In related news, the Lower House of Jordan’s parliament passed a resolution on Tuesday denouncing what it described as “Zionist criminal attacks” against the Temple Mount, which is calls Al Haram Al Sharif.

The official statement accompanying the resolution added condemnation of what it called “the continued flagrant acts of aggression on the land of Palestine, the Palestinian people and Islamic sites there reflect the Israelis’ arrogance, and violation of human rights and international laws (and) acts of terrorism that threatens regional and international peace and security.”

Elsewhere, the Jordan Press Association issued a statement Tuesday lamenting the lack of condemnation in the Arab and Moslem world for Israel’s actions in Jerusalem.

“What Israel is doing to the Jerusalemites, from closing Al Aqsa Mosque, to demolishing houses of Palestinians and building new housing units in settlements, is terrorism itself,” Jordan Press Association (JPA) President Tareq Momani declared. “Israel seeks to alter the identity of Jerusalem and the media should play a major role in exposing its schemes. We condemn all measures by Israel and urge the international community to place pressure on it to end its provocative measures and occupation of the city.”

Banners held by members of the demonstration Momani was addressing included slogans such as “Death to the Zionists” and “Israel supports terrorism.”

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry was scheduled to be in Jordan on Wednesday for meetings with King Abdullah about relations with Israel and other issues.

 

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