Uproar among Muslims as Israel puts loudspeakers in Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli police climb to install loudspeakers and other electronic devices on the northern wall at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem on 6 September 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli soldiers installed loudspeakers over the western and northern walls of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday.

The speaker system allows Israeli forces to disturb and violate Muslim worshippers in the mosque by making announcements and instructions to those in the compound.

The third set of loudspeakers Israeli authorities have set up since 2017, authorizing them to broadcast to the northern side of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound from the inside and outside, in parallel with the one run by the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf in charge of the religious site.

Jordan, which looks after the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf administration, has criticized the move as part of what is reported as “continuous Israeli violations.”

Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Deifallah Fayez, said the Israeli forces’ “ridiculous practices” at the UNESCO world heritage site are “irresponsible and constitute a provocation of Muslims’ feelings worldwide.”

He pressed the international community to shoulder its responsibility and exert pressure on Israel to stop its attacks that violate international law.

The former grand mufti of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Ekrima Sabri, told Middle East Eye that Israel seeks to force its sovereignty over Al-Aqsa and undermine the Islamic Waqf.

He expressed: “The occupation’s actions against Al-Aqsa are illegal and invalid. We don’t recognize them. We hold the Israeli government accountable for violating the sanctity of Al-Aqsa, as it is directly responsible for any aggression, and it’s the one that protects the settlers storming the site, encouraging them to increase their numbers.”

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third-holiest site for Muslims. Jews call it the Temple Mount area, alleging it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel illegally occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, in the course of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War (النكسة). It illegally annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move never recognized by the international community.

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