Jordan has called off a project to install surveillance cameras at Al-Aqsa Mosque because the matter is in “dispute”, the country’s prime minister announced yesterday.
In a statement to the official Petra news agency, Abdullah Ensour said the cameras were to be used to monitor and document the repeated Israeli violations of the Muslim holy site.
He added that “the goal of having these cameras was to gain legal, political and media wins in the face of repeated attacks on the sanctity of the holy sites that were denied by Israelis because of the lack of documentation. Moreover, the greatest benefit of this project would have been increasing the ties of Muslims in all parts of the world to the holy places, and increasing their sympathy and support.”
Israel had initially tried to block the project, “but we managed to overcome”, he explained.