New York, April 30 (QNA) – Jordan said that incursions by right-wing extremists into Al-Haram al-Sharif/Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which spiked during religious holidays and other occasions, threatened peace and security in the region and beyond.
During the Security council meeting , Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad, Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations said the mosque compound, together with the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, had been under Jordanian custodianship and protection since 1924.
“East Jerusalem was occupied territory under international law, and Israel, as the occupying Power, was obliged under the 1907 Hague regulations to treat religious institutions as private property, even when it was State-owned” Jordan’s envoy said , according to Petra news agency.
He warned that unless threats to the compound ceased, such provocations would engender a massive crisis with the Muslim world, and even parts of the Christian world, while jeopardizing the region’s security.
He recalled that during a recent meeting with a past Council President, a delegation of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation had outlined the essential features of the broader violations on the part of the Israeli authorities, including a blatant disregard for the decisions adopted by the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “The incitements must therefore end, for it would be the one crisis to overwhelm all crises in a region that could ill afford yet another,” Prince Zeid concluded.(QNA)