On Friday, Jewish police closed down Islam’s third most sacred place, the Al-Aqsa Mosque for prayers after shooting at the Wailing Wall which resulted in the death of two Jew policemen and three Palestinian.
According to Israel’s official story; “three Israeli Arabs emerged from the Al-Aqsa Mosque, shot and killed two Israeli soldiers outside Lion’s Gate and then ran back to the mosque. Police gave them chase and shot them dead. One of them pretended to be dead and then jumped up and tried to stab them.”
Israel’s official story reminds me of British Jew MP Sir Gerald Kaufman who had accused the Zionist regime of fabricating the knife terror on Israeli civilians by Palestinian youth.
When Palestinian worshippers complained to Jordanian Waqf authority which still pays salaries of the guards at Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of Rock – the trading of barbs between the two neighbors began. The 1994 peace treaty between Israel and Jordan sponsored by the United States includes a clause giving Amman a role in protecting Jerusalem’s holy sites.
Late on Friday, Jordan’s King Abdullah II in a statement calling on the Zionist regime to immediately reopen the Islamic religious site and to avoid measures that change the status quo. Jordan condemns any attack on Muslims’ rights to freely worship in sites that are sacred to them, the statement said, stressing Amman will continue using every diplomatic, legal and political tools in its disposal to thwart efforts to change the status quo.
In response, Netanyahu office parroted the same stupid excuse that instead of condemning Palestinian terrorist attacks on peace-loving Israeli Jews, Jordan is inciting them for more violence by blaming Israel over closer of the Al-Aqsa compound.
On Friday thousands of Jordanians protested in Amman against Israel’s closer of the Al-Aqsa compound. On Saturday, hundreds of Turks protested in front of Israeli embassy in Ankara.
On late Saturday, Netanyahu’s office announced that the Al-Aqsa compound will open on Sunday for the worshippers.
I visited al-Quds in 1995, but I find Dr. Muhammad Adil Yaqub’s, a member of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), who visited the city on June 13, 2014, story more inspiring than mine (here).