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Jordan intends to sue Israel for violations in occupied Jerusalem

January 27, 2014 at 4:11 am

Jordan plans to sue the Israeli authorities internationally for its violations of the rights of the occupied city of Jerusalem and the holy sites in Palestine, the most recent of which was the opening of the so-called “synagogue of ruin” on Islamic and Arab endowment land near Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Jordanian government’s legal adviser for Islamic and Christian property in Jerusalem, Abd Al-Nasser Nassar, said that “Jordan is considering a lawsuit against Israel at the competent international courts, in coordination and cooperation with the Palestinian and other Arab parties, especially Egypt, in the event that the Occupation authorities don’t comply with the requirements of the current phase.”

In a press conference held in Amman on Saturday, March 27, Nassar said that the Jordanian side is considering all available political, diplomatic, and legal options, including resorting to the competent entities and international organizations to pressure the Israeli side to stop the opening and building of new settlements as well as the unilateral actions taken by Israel in Jerusalem and its surroundings.  

He stressed that Israel’s actions “have no legal or legitimate basis,” whether in international or humanitarian law or international conventions in this regard, warning that such measures “would undermine security and stability in the entire region”, given that the decision to include Islamic sites in the so-called Jewish heritage list constitutes a “flagrant violation of the laws and international treaties entailing respect for holy sites,” according to Nassar.

He pointed to the role of Jordan in the final negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides in line with the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty, stressing that it is important for the Arab Summit to support Jordan, financially and morally, in its position towards the holy city.

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