Jordan condemns Israel's inauguration of Hurva Synagogue

10:45, March 16, 2010      

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Jordan on Monday condemned Israel's inauguration of Hurva Synagogue near Al Aqsa Mosque, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

Jordan's Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications and government spokesperson Nabil Sharif also emphasized his country's rejection to Israel's calls to break into Al Aqsa Mosque.

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and several other Israeli officials attended the inauguration of the restored Hurva Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem.

"Jerusalem is a redline as far as Jordan is concerned and Jordan rejects all Israeli measures that seek to alter the identity of Jerusalem, especially its sacred sites," Sharif said.

He added that the Arab kingdom rejects all unilateral Israeli measures that contradict with the international resolutions.

These measures, such as settlement activities, do not serve peacemaking efforts and come at a time when efforts are being intensified to jumpstart the stalled peace talks.

The minister said the Old City of Jerusalem is among the world heritage list upon a request by Jordan in 1981 and any change in this city in particular is rejected, condemned and in violation of international resolutions.

Source: Xinhua
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