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Jordan wants Israel to remove Aqsa surveillance cameras
Published Wednesday 18/12/2013 (updated) 18/12/2013 22:59
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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.
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1 ) If you do not have anything / to hide
18/12/2013 15:02
you do not care about surveilence caeras the fact that they demand to remove them--already implicate them

2 ) Karl / Uk
18/12/2013 15:25
This should not be allowed. Israel should remove its aggression from the holy mosque.

3 ) Tibi / Tubas
18/12/2013 15:52
*1* It is OVER 40 YEARS TOO LATE for Jordan to prevent Israel,
from altering Jerusalem's status quo, so *2* while
- Jordan continues efforts to prevent Israel from imposing a new status quo,
- Israel will continue to ignore such efforts, particularly when security issues are involved, and clearly
- the Cameras were installed to provide early warnings of the riots,
that so often start at the Mosques, and not as Jordanian suggests,
to "watch women worshippers".

4 ) Mel / USA
18/12/2013 16:12
Not only Jordan,but I think global people of ALL faiths &none,recognize that Israel's Zionist military occupation has no open respect for ANY faith,practice of worship, &traditional season,except Jewish ceremonies.While King Abdullah remains aquiescent to Zionism,I'd prefer to hear a LOUDER voice coming from all other"custodians" of Holy Sites too,complaining &demanding pluralistic rights of rite in Jerusalem.Lord knows they're PAID enough for their meagre & fickle 'custodial' concerns!

5 ) matt / usa
18/12/2013 16:42
they are custodians. Israel will listen to their suggestion and do what is best for its people

6 ) Boils / Romania
18/12/2013 17:37
Bring in the archaeologists, demolition experts, chartered surveyors, scaffolders, health and safety agencies, structural engineers, builders, haulage and shipping companies stone masons and let’s get re building .

7 ) Outlier / USA
18/12/2013 21:03
If the area is administered by Israel, it needs all the tools at its disposal to maintain security. Would Jordan voluntarily remove security cameras around government facilities in Amman? I do not think so.

8 ) Lilith / The World
19/12/2013 07:46
There is no such place as East Jerusalem. Jerusalem is one city, the eternal capital of Israel.

9 ) Maureen / Australia
19/12/2013 17:56
@2 No aggression is meant buddy just a few CCTV cameras, nothing to be afraid of, they are for the congregants personal safety and crowd control, as well as to prevent the outbreak of disorder and prevention of possible riots.
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