On Thursday, Jordan’s Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Dr Hayel Abdul Hafeez condemned the Israeli occupation forces for allowing Zionist extremists, led by the deputy chairman of the Knesset, to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque and insult and provoke the Muslim worshippers there. He also denounced the Israeli police’s unacceptable behaviour, including assaulting the mosque’s guards.
Dr Abdul Hafeez condemned the recent escalations carried out by the Israeli occupation authorities, stressing the need to respect the dignity of the worshippers, as well as the guards stationed at the mosque, who are members of the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf. He added that, “the occupation authorities must realise that they are crossing redlines by committing these shameful practices.”
In a statement published in Jordanian newspapers on Friday, the minister refused the occupation authorities’ actions of allowing soldiers and those newly recruited to enter the mosque and spread out in groups across the site, as it means that the occupation is imposing a new and rejected fait accompli in the mosque, and as such acts violates international and human rights laws.