Jordan’s ‘Stormy’ Battle of Words

“Raids”. “Stormings”. “Assaults”. “Barging”. Etc.

The language hyperbole continues as regards how Jordanian outlets report quiet and peaceful tourist-like visits of Jews at the Temple Mount, restricted in their utterances and gestures, that is, no praying, swaying of prostrating.

As reported in the official Petra news agency of Jordan and in the Jordan Times:
Jordan condemns Israeli violations at sanctuary

Notice the emphasised terminology:

AMMAN — The government on Friday condemned storming of Al Aqsa Mosque/Al Haram Al Sharif by Israeli occupation forces and Jewish extremists, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

State Minister for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani said that the occupation forces and the extremists assaulted a number of worshippers, used pepper spray and closed the southern mosque inside the sanctuary, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Momani said that the Jewish religious holidays have unfortunately become occasions to increase tension at the mosque, voicing rejection of the practices of extremists groups, who barge into the Muslim holy shrine under the protection of the Israeli police, which breach the sanctity of the holy place and provokes the prayers.

All those expressions and adjectives are extremist rhetoric. They are intended to incite violence and ignite tension.

Moreover, this is, well, just cheeky:

He also stressed the importance of respecting Jordan’s role as the custodian of East Jerusalem’s holy places as stipulated by the peace treaty binding the two countries.

And why?

Well, read Article 9 of the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty:

ARTICLE 9     PLACES OF HISTORICAL AND RELIGIOUS SIGNIFICANCE

Each party will provide freedom of access to places of religious and historical significance….The Parties will act together to promote interfaith relations among the three monotheistic religions, with the aim of working towards religious understanding, moral commitment, freedom of religious worship, and tolerance and peace.

Can Minister Momani explain Jordan’s rhetoric and why it deviates from its treaty obligations?

Why was the 2015 surveillance camera scheme promoted by Jordan’s King with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and the American Secretary of State John Kerry forsaken which, incidentally would prove – or disprove – these Jordanian charges?  By the way, anyone can follow, in pictures and videos, what happens there by visiting the Shehab news agency Facebook posts or those of Wadi Hilweh Information Center, two of several who have their photographers filming the Jewish visitors.

Of course, another question is why does Israel’s government, from its Prime Minister on down, ignore these repeated assaults and extremist language?

Why is the Jordanian ambassador nor called in to the Foreign Ministry and dressed down?

After all, Jordan feels free to send in its own protests about what Israel’s courts decide on matters even outside the Temple Mount compound:

The Jordanian government filed an official protest with the Foreign Ministry over the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court’s decision to reject the petition of the police to distance three 14-year-old girls who had prayed at the entrance to the Temple Mount.

This imbalanced relationship is becoming itself intolerable.

About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.
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