The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court’s decision to permit specific Jewish prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, a purely Muslim site in Jerusalem’s old city, has been met with solid condemnation both at home and abroad and dire warnings about the consequences.
According to its statement, the Palestinian presidency condemned the decision of the Israeli court as a severe violation of the existing historical status quo in the Al-Haram Al-Sharif compound, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, and a flagrant violation of international law and United Nations resolutions.
Additionally, the Palestinian president urged international community members to ignore the provocative march of Israeli flags in occupied Jerusalem on May 29.
In response to the presidency’s call, Israel’s attacks on the holy places and the people of Palestine need to stop immediately.
Also, the resolution emphasized that Jerusalem, along with its Christian and Muslim citizens, would remain Palestine’s eternal capital, regardless of any attacks from Israel.
Likewise, the Ministry of foreign affairs and expatriates of the Palestinian Authority strongly condemned the Magistrate’s Court ruling allowing Jewish extremists to pray and perform rituals in the Muslim holy place, calling it an Israeli coup against the status quo and an explicit declaration of religious war that threats to raise tensions throughout the entire region.
The Ministry stated that the court’s decision is further evidence that the Israeli judiciary and court system are part of the occupation regime and provide legal cover for Jewish extremist incursions into the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque to consolidate its division.
It called on the international community, especially the US government, for an immediate response to stop its implementation, saying the Israeli government and its serious consequences remain directly responsible for this decision.
According to international law, which rejects Israel’s court jurisdiction over the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry also condemned the Israeli court’s ruling, stating that the ruling is null and void and has no legal standing.
Haitham Abu al-Fool, Foreign Ministry spokesman, reiterated that the decision is in direct violation of international resolutions on Jerusalem, including Security Council resolutions, which emphasize the need to preserve the status of Jerusalem.
‘The national decision is a serious violation of the historical and legal status of Al-Aqsa Mosque,’ Abu al-Fool said, stressing that Jordan, according to international law, does not recognize the Israeli judiciary as the legal authority in Jerusalem.
He stressed that the Mosque is a purely Muslim holy place in his speech. Under the Jordanian government, the Waqf department is responsible for its affairs and the only legal party permitted to enter the Mosque.