Jordan’s Minister of Waqf and Islamic Affairs Wael Arabiyat slams as “vicious” the visit to the Temple Mount Sunday of some 200 Jews commemorating the fast day of Tisha B’Av.
Speaking Monday shortly after Jordan’s King Abdullah II accused Israel of violating the status quo at unspecified Jerusalem holy sites, Arabiyat says 400 Israeli “settlers” who visited the site created “a blatant challenge to the feelings of Muslims and a clear violation of international law and norms.”
In a report by the official Jordanian news agency Petra, the minister is said to have charged the Jews with, as Petra reports, “assaulting and arresting the [Muslim] worshipers and the Talmudic rituals the settlers performed in the mosque.”
Jews who visit the site, which is holy to both Judaism and Islam, are forbidden to pray during their visits and are not permitted into the silver-domed Al-Aqsa Mosque in the compound.
The report calls the visits “Israeli assaults against the Al Aqsa Mosque,” and claims the Jews who visited the site were “ultra-Orthodox.” The vast majority of ultra-Orthodox rabbinic authorities forbid their adherents from visiting the holy site for reason of ritual purity.
During the Jewish “assault,” “the steadfast brethren of the Al Aqsa mosque, youth and worshipers…stood up against the vicious raids,” the report states.
Petra concludes: “The minister also warned that the continuation of such violations will trigger a religious war which His Majesty King Abdullah II had repeatedly warned against.”