Jordan wants Israel to remove Aqsa surveillance cameras
Published Wednesday 18/12/2013 (updated) 18/12/2013 22:59
A general view shows the snow-covered Dome of the Rock at the
Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem on December
12, 2013.(AFP/File Ahmad Gharabli)
AMMAN (AFP) -- Jordan, the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, demanded on Tuesday that Israel remove surveillance cameras at the city's sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
"Jordan rejects Israel's installation of surveillance cameras on December 8 to monitor waqf officials and worshipers, particularly women," Information Minister Mohammad Momani told state news agency Petra.
"Jordan does not accept that Israel has set up a police station inside the compound. It is a flagrant military violation of the freedom of worshipers as well as an interference in the affairs of the Jordanian Islamic waqf" (Islamic endowment).
The kingdom, which has a 1994 peace treaty with Israel, "calls for removing all such military measures."
"Israel should not ignore Jordan's diplomatic efforts to stop violation of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound," Momani said.
"Jordan will not stop efforts to prevent Israel from imposing a new status quo in Jerusalem."
Sitting above the Western Wall plaza, the Al-Aqsa compound contains the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosques and is Islam's third-holiest site.
It is also Judaism's holiest place, as it was the site of the first and second Jewish temples.
Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan during the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community but, under the 1994 treaty, Jordan retained authority over all Muslim sites in Jerusalem.
Al-Aqsa is located in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.