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King Abdullah and Abbas: Jointly Prevent Judaization of Jerusalem

According to its peace treaty with Jordan, Israel recognizes Jordan's role as custodian of Muslim sites in Jerusalem, but that role is not to "prevent the Judaization of Jerusalem."
King Abdullah and Mahmoud Abbas

King Abdullah II and Mahmoud Abbas

On Sunday, March 31, Jordan’s King Abdullah II and the acting leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, signed an agreement to jointly defend Jerusalem “from Israeli Judaization attempts.”

A statement issued by Abdullah’s palace expressed the terms of the agreement and asserted Jordan’s role as custodian of the Temple Mount and other “Muslim holy sites” in Jerusalem.  As custodian, the King asserted, he maintains all rights to exert all legal efforts to preserve them.

It is also emphasising the historical principles agreed by Jordan and Palestine to exert joint efforts to protect the city and holy sites from Israeli judaisation attempts.  It also reaffirms the historic principles upon which Jordan and Palestine are in agreement as regards Jerusalem and their common goal of defending Jerusalem together, especially at such critical time, when the city is facing dramatic challenges and daily illegal changes to its authenticity and original identity.

Jordan’s custodial role over holy sites in Jerusaelm is derived from Article 9 of the 1994 Jordanian Peace Treaty with Israel.

Contrary to the presentation by Abdullah and Abbas, the Peace Treaty, signed by King Hussein of Jordan and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, is between Israel and Jordan; the PA does not play a role.  The “Washington Agreement,” which set out the understanding for the terms of the Treaty, requires Israel to acknowledge the custodial role of Jordan over “Muslim holy shrines in Jerusalem,” it does not require Israel to allow Jordan to prevent “Judaization” of the city.  What it does require is for Jordan and Israel “to act together to promote interfaith relations among the three monotheistic religions.”

At the time the Treaty was entered into, the details enraged the Arab Palestinians who saw the decision to award the custodial role to Jordan as a way of negating their claims to the Jerusalem sites.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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6 Responses to “King Abdullah and Abbas: Jointly Prevent Judaization of Jerusalem”

  1. good info and update. long live israel.

  2. yawn the rats squeaking again. never fret pet, here in jerusalem. I will rip out the eyes that want to take away our holy city. ain't going to happen.god is still in charge.

  3. The eastern part of Jerusalem was 80% Jewish until the Jordanians ethnically cleansed it during their illegal occupation.

    The simple and legal answer is to return our capital to it's proper percentages that were in effect in 1947.

  4. Month by month, and week by week. The middle east spins more out of control. Iran continues unwavering on it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons and Assad the dictator of Syria is still in power. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Assad of Syria looks like he may be willing to use weapons of mass destruction against his own people and against near by nations as well. If this situation does not drastically change soon for the better, I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 will likely take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  5. Charlie Hall says:

    Don't go there. First, the Old City was at 80%+ non-Jewish prior to 1947, as the Jewish "Quarter" was the smallest of the three "Quarters" in the Old City. Second, if the Jordanian occupation was illegal, the same can be said of the Israeli occupation as UN resolution 181 assigned Jerusalem to neither country.

  6. quite right, its not belonging to secular jews.

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