Jordan, Egypt, Turkey all condemn Jewish visits to Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av
Some 1,600 Jews go to holy site in Jerusalem’s Old City during fast; earlier, clashes erupted between Israeli police and Palestinians
By AARON BOXERMAN, EMANUEL FABIAN and TOI STAFF
18 July 2021, 6:21 pm
Jordan, Egypt, and Turkey denounced Israel on Sunday after some 1,600 Jews visited the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City to mark the fast of Tisha B’Av, following overnight clashes at the holy site between Palestinians and Israeli police.
“The Israeli actions against the mosque are unacceptable and condemnable. They represent a violation of the historical and legal status quo, international law, and Israel’s obligations as an occupying power in East Jerusalem,” Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Daifullah Fayez said in a statement.
The spokesman said a letter of protest on the matter was sent to Israel.
Dozens of Muslim worshipers barricaded themselves on the Temple Mount in the early hours of Sunday, ahead of the arrival of the Jewish visitors. Some of them briefly chanted: “With spirit, with blood, we’ll redeem Al-Aqsa.”
Israeli police subsequently clashed with Palestinians on the scene. According to Palestinian reports, Israeli police fired tear gas and stun grenades, while police said some Palestinians threw stones.