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“Occupied” Al-Quds Sparks Diplomatic Crisis

Published: 10/06/2014 03:47:44 PM GMT
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AMMAN – An Australian controversial decision to stop referring to Al-Quds as “occupied” Jerusalem has triggered diplomatic crisis after Jordan summoned Australia's charge d'affaires to convey the Kingdom’s concerns about the decision that violates international laws. The ministry summoned the Australian charge d'affaires and informe...(more)

AMMAN – An Australian controversial decision to stop referring to Al-Quds as “occupied” Jerusalem has triggered diplomatic crisis after Jordan summoned Australia's charge d'affaires to convey the Kingdom’s concerns about the decision that violates international laws.

"The ministry summoned the Australian charge d'affaires and informed him that the kingdom is concerned about the Australian government's decision to stop referring to east Jerusalem as 'occupied'," ministry spokeswoman Sabah Rafei said in a statement issued in Amman on Monday, SBS reported on June 10.

"The Australian government's decision violates international law and resolutions that consider east Jerusalem as an integral part of all Palestinian territories occupied in 1967."

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The diplomatic crisis erupted last week when Attorney-General George Brandis said Canberra would not use such "judgmental language" to describe an area which was the subject of negotiations.

The comments have sparked Palestinians’ fury who denounced them as "disgraceful and shocking".

The Jordanian administration has also made a formal diplomatic protest on Sunday and summoning Australia's diplomatic representative.

On the other hand, Israel hailed Brandis’ remarks as "refreshing".

Al-Aqsa is the Muslims’ first Qiblah [direction Muslims take during prayers] and it is the third holiest shrine after Al Ka`bah in Makkah and Prophet Muhammad's Mosque in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

Its significance has been reinforced by the incident of Al Isra'a and Al Mi'raj — the night journey from Makkah to Al-Quds and the ascent to the Heavens by Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him).

Israel occupied the holy city and the West Bank in the 1967 war and later annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community or UN resolutions.

Since then, Israel has adopted a series of oppressive measures to force the Palestinians out of the city, including systematic demolition of their homes and building settlements.

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