Are you aware of the content of Article 9 of the Jordan-Israel Peace Treaty?
Do you know the obligations that devolve to Jordan and Israel as regards holy sites and religious coexistence and tolerance?
Here is a highlighted version:
Those are admirable and civilized actions that foster peace and understanding that will reduce animosity and hostility. Is that treaty not a commitment, to be honored?
Are Article 9’s elements to be discarded? Ignored? Trampled?
Let’s read this news item of yesterday published in the official Jordanian news agency Petra:
300 extremist settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque
Ramallah, Oct.10 (Petra)– Some 300 extremist settlers early Tuesday stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Haram Al Sharif, according to a Palestinian source.
The General Director of the Islamic Awqaf and Al-Aqsa Affairs, Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib, told Petra’s reporter in Ramallah that Israeli settlers broke into the holy shrine from the Bab Al-Magharbeh gate under heavy protection of Israeli special forces and police.
Al-Khatib said that the settlers provocatively toured the Al-Aqsa yards.
Those textual formulations and semantics of Jordan is simply bad behavior, besides violations of the spirit of Article 9. This is not the only time Petra has engaged in incendiary language.
But is there ever an Israeli protest?
From the Prime Minister?
The Deputy Foreign Minister?
Minister of Religious Affairs?
Who will save Article 9?