Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discussed with Jordan’s King Abdullah II the simmering tensions in the occupied city of Jerusalem on Sunday.
A statement issued by the Palestinian presidency said Abbas and King Abdullah focused on the Israeli police and settler attacks against Palestinian worshipers and restrictions on the latter’s access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in addition to the forced expulsions of Palestinian families from their houses in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
“The two sides agreed to continue their coordination and action at all forums to halt the Israeli occupation authorities’ attacks against Jerusalem, its holy sites, and Palestinian residents,” the statement added.
King Abdullah condemned on Sunday the Israeli violations and escalatory measures at Al Aqsa Mosque, stressing the need to cease these dangerous provocations against Jerusalemites, which contravene international law and violate human rights.
“Israel must stop its illegal measures to expel the families of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, which violate international humanitarian law, stressing that Jordan is dedicating all efforts to support the steadfastness of Jerusalemites and the families of Sheikh Jarrah in keeping their legitimate properties and preventing their forced expulsion,” Petra news agency quoted the Jordanian King as saying.
Jordan had summoned the Israeli charge d’affaires in Amman to express the kingdom's condemnation over what it said were Israeli "attacks on worshipers", state media said.
Palestinians in Jerusalem held protests in the recent days in solidarity with 40 Palestinians, including 10 children, who face the imminent risk of being forced out from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to replace them with entirely Jewish settlers.
Palestinians are expected to proceed with their protests this week as they attempt to save their neighborhood.