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Palestinian PM accuses Israel of ‘plan to turn al Aqsa Mosque into Jewish temple’

January 3, 2023

Reuters, Ramallah

…Jordan condemns in ‘severest’ terms Ben-Gvir’s visit to al-Aqsa Mosque

Palestinian Muslims gather at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque complex following Friday prayers, April 15, 2022. (AFP)

Palestinian Muslims gather at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque complex following on April 15, 2022. (AFP)

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh cast a visit by a far-right Israeli official to a contested Jerusalem holy site on Tuesday as a bid to turn a major mosque there “into a Jewish temple.”

Addressing his cabinet, Shtayyeh also called on Palestinians to “confront the raids into al Aqsa Mosque” after Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir toured the periphery of the mosque compound. Ben-Gvir did not approach the mosque.

….Jordan condemns in ‘severest’ terms Ben-Gvir’s visit to al-Aqsa Mosque

Palestinian Muslims walk in front of the Dome of Rock mosque at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on April 17, 2022. (AFP)

Palestinian Muslims walk in front of the Dome of Rock mosque at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 17, 2022. (AFP)

Jordan said on Tuesday it condemned in “severest” terms a visit by Israeli far right national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.

“Jordan condemns in the severest of terms the storming of the al-Aqsa Mosque and violating its sanctity,” said a statement by the foreign ministry.
Ben-Gvir briefly toured the site under heavy security. The compound is Islam’s third holiest site after Mecca and Medina and Judaism’s most sacred site, a vestige of two ancient temples of the faith.

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