Jordan on Sunday warned Israel against violating the status quo on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, after several hundred Jews and tourists visited the contested holy site on the first intermediate day of the Passover holiday. The Hashemite Kingdom acts as custodian of the flashpoint religious site, which is the holiest site in Judaism and third holiest to Muslims.
Israel’s “violations against worshipers” on the holy site “are a violation of international laws and conventions” and could have “dangerous consequences,” government spokesman Muhammad Al-Momani said in a statement to the Petra state news agency. Momani did not detail the violations, but he was likely referring to holiday measures enacted over the last several days, including expanded visiting hours for Jews and denial of entry to Palestinian worshipers during certain hours, as well as a beefed up police presence. FULL REPORT