23 June 2020
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates in Jordan has condemned Israeli authorities’ work on the western wall of the al-Aqsa Mosque / Haram al-Sharif, which forms an integral part of the mosque.
In a statement, the ministry’s spokesperson, Dhaifallah Fayez, stated that the Department of Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque Awqaf is the only national body with exclusive jurisdiction over all the affairs of the Mosque under international law.
All maintenance and restoration work of the 144-square-meter mosque, including fences, fall under the department’s jurisdiction, Fayez underlined, adding that Israel, as an occupying power, must respect its obligations in this regard and cease action immediately.
Fayez urged Israel to adhere to the historical and legal status quo of the al-Aqsa Mosque / Haram al-Sharif compound holding it, as an occupying power, fully responsible for the safety of the mosque.
He indicated that the ministry sent an official protest memo to the Israeli side regarding the work on the western wall.