Jerusalem Western Wall, Dome of the Rock 521.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Jordan has condemned Israel’s construction of a large platform at the Western
Wall for egalitarian prayer.
Israel built the platform following protests
by Orthodox Jews against the Women of the Wall activist group that hold services
at the main Western Wall Plaza.
The platform lies just south of the plaza
and is not close to any Islamic sites or places of prayer.
news agency on Monday quoted Jordanian State Minister for Media Affairs Muhammad
Momani saying that the construction of the platform “is a blatant attack on the
Muslim monuments and Wakf [Islamic trust] land which is an integral part of the
The mosque is built on the southern end of the Temple Mount
complex and the Western Wall is one of the exterior walls of this structure. The
Western Wall Plaza and the new prayer platform are located many meters below the
Momani stressed Jordan’s position “to exert political,
diplomatic and legal efforts to protect and care for Muslim and Christian
sanctities in Jerusalem,” and warned of “Jewish settlers and extremists’
continued call to storm the Aksa Mosque under the pretext of Jewish holidays,”
according to the report.