Jordan protests rabbi storming of Jerusalem mosqueHere is a photo of Rabbi Glick's "storming" of the Temple Mount on Monday, along with 12 other Jews. This is the incident that prompted Jordan's complaint.
Jordan Tuesday strongly protested a raid into Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque compound, led by ultranationalist rabbi Yehuda Glick of the ruling Likud party, and urged Israel, as the occupation power, to stop such provocations.
State Minister for Media Affairs, official government spokesman, Mohammad Momani, said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Affairs, through its close monitoring of the Israeli violations of Al Aqsa Mosque/Haram al Sharif (holy sanctuary), which it considers a red line, today lodged an official protest to the Israeli embassy in Amman.
The memo, he said, held Israel, the power of occupation, fully responsible for the safety of Al Aqsa Mosque, and reiterated Jordan's condemnation and rejection of recurrent raids by Glick, an extremist Israeli rabbi who campaigns for expanding Jewish access to the mosque compound.
Momani said the foreign and Awqaf (religious affairs) ministries were monitoring the situation at Al Aqsa Mosque, adding that Jordan would pursue its efforts through diplomacy and legal means to deter Israel and bring the breaches to a stop. He urged the world community and international organisations to help in this endeavour.
Glick said on Facebook that there was very little Muslim protest and shouting at his group, and he expressed hope that the idea of Jews visiting their holiest site is now considered normal among Arabs now that the violent protesters from the Islamic Movement have been banned from the site.
YNet reported last week that Arab media were circulating a photo of Glick seemingly targeted with a red circle.
Glick - who advocates equal access to the Temple Mount for Jews, Muslims and Christians - is often demonized by Arab media
The Government of Jordan apparently agrees with the would-be assassin that Glick is a danger that must be eliminated.
The idea that Jordan is lodging official complaints over the peaceful visit of a Jew to the Temple Mount is one of the absurdities of the Middle East that are considered normal.
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