ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 140

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Jordan slams Israel for ‘attacks’ on Muslim sites, Christians in Jerusalem’s Old City

Gianluca Pacchiani is the Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

The Bab al-Rahmeh Muslim cemetery outside the eastern walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, July 7, 2015 (Moataz Egbaria, Wikicommons - used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
The Bab al-Rahmeh Muslim cemetery outside the eastern walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, July 7, 2015 (Moataz Egbaria, Wikicommons - used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

Jordan’s foreign ministry sends a letter of protest to the Israeli embassy in Amman, denouncing “continuing violations and attacks” against Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem by “extremists, settlers and Knesset members.”

The ministry says Israel is imposing restrictions on Muslim worshipers wishing to access Temple Mount, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif. The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism and also third holiest in Islam owing to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The letter also rebukes the desecration by Jewish extremists of Islamic cemeteries, referring to an incident at a Muslim graveyard adjacent to the Temple Mount last week, and “escalating attacks” against Christians.

Sufyan al-Qudah, the Ministry’s spokesperson, urges Israel — which he calls the “occupying power” — to comply with its legal obligations.

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