Israeli police in front of Al Aqsa mosque 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
The Jordanian parliament’s lower house voted on Wednesday to call on the
government to expel Israeli Ambassador Daniel Nevo, and to recall Jordanian
Ambassador to Israel Walid Obeidat.
The non-binding vote came after
Israel limited the entrance of Muslim worshipers to the Temple Mount on Tuesday
and allowed Jews to visit the compound during the celebration of Jerusalem Day,
which continued into Wednesday. The day marks the reunification of the city in
1967 under Israeli sovereignty.
In addition, Jordan acted to protest the
detention of the Mufti of Jerusalem Sheikh Muhammad Hussein
according to a report by the Jordanian Petra News Agency.
shock and anger, the lower house [the House of Representatives] received news
about the extremist settlers’ storming of Al-Aksa Mosque, the arrest of the
mufti of Jerusalem, and Palestinian worshipers being prevented from entering and
praying at the mosque,” the Jordanian legislature said in a
“The lower house strongly condemns such racist action and
affirms that these daily and continuing activities by the Israeli authorities
and settlers are systemized and pre-planned schemes that reflect the ugly and
evil face of extremist Zionists,” the statement added.
arrested Wednesday morning for his alleged involvement in a violent
confrontation at the Temple Mount on Tuesday, during which several Palestinians
threw chairs at police officers, said Police spokesman Micky
Some 15 Muslim worshipers threw chairs at security forces,
causing mild head injuries to two police officers after they had arrested an
Arab youth for allegedly disturbing the peace and yelling at Jewish visitors to
the holy site.
Rosenfeld said that no arrests had yet been made in the
While he did not clarify Hussein’s role in the melee, Rosenfeld
said he was arrested in his home after six hours of questioning for inciting
violence at the holy site on multiple occasions.
said 18 Palestinians were arrested near Damascus Gate Wednesday for attempting
to incite violence before the Jerusalem Day march.
“More than 50,000
people are marching today from the center of town to the Old City, and thousands
of police officers are overseeing all activities to ensure public safety,” he
Jordan’s legislature urged international organizations, including
the UN and the Arab League, to intervene.
Petra News quoted Jordanian
Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour as saying that his government was very concerned
about Israeli violations against the Aksa Mosque.
He informed the House
of Representatives, that the cabinet had discussed the “attack” on Al-Aksa and
the arrest of the mufti and that the Jordanian Embassy in Tel Aviv would take
actions in response. Ensour added that the government is ready to appeal to the
UN Security council over the issue.President Shimon Peres sent a calming
message to Jordan
and promised that Israel would honor its agreements with
Jordan, and will make sure that all worshipers from all religions could pray in
their respective holy sites.
Police in Jerusalem arrested more than a
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the mufti was
released after six hours of questioning without being charged.
was investigated for six hours over what happened at the Temple Mount yesterday
and over his recent declarations about the situation there,” Rosenfeld said.
Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.