Asia-Middle East Relations

Is Israel changing the status quo around al-Aqsa?:

World leaders are demanding Israel honour the status quo that governs the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem.

They fear new security restrictions imposed by Israel could trigger unrest across the occupied territory.

The state of Jordan has been the custodian of all Muslim and Christian sites in Jerusalem since 1994.

And Israel’s recent security measures are creating tensions with Palestinians who see them as an extension of the occupation.

On Friday, Muslim worshippers refused to perform prayers at the mosque as thousands of Palestinians rallied across the region.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has cut short a trip to China and is urging the United States to intervene in the crisis.

So, is Israel abiding by the status quo? And what is Jordan’s role as a custodian of these holy sites?


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