The President of the International Union of Muslim Scholars has appealed to Jordan's King Abdullah II to put immediate pressure on the Israeli government to stop it demolishing the Maghrebi Gate Bridge leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque. Sheikh Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi sent warnings to the King about Israel's attacks on the integrity of the Holy City of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque in a press release issued on Thursday. He pointed out that the current most serious threat to Al-Aqsa is Israel's plan to demolish the old bridge and replace it with a metal construction that will ease the entry of illegal settlers and Israeli security forces into the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa.
Jordan has a key role to play in the upkeep and protection of Islamic holy sites in the occupied West Bank. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Jerusalem International Foundation called upon the Jordanian leadership "to take a strong position towards compelling the Israeli occupation to back down from its plans to attack Al-Aqsa". All of the Kingdom's capabilities must be brought to bear on Israel to put pressure on Tel Aviv to stop this infringement of Jordan's right to oversee the holy sites in Jerusalem, the Chairman added.