Jordanian lawmaker threatens suicide bombings in defense of Al Aqsa mosque following Ben-Gvir visit

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by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) – Outraged that Israel’s new National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir visited the Temple Mount in Jerusalem this week, Jordanian lawmaker Yanal Abd al-Salam Nour al-Din al-Fraihat stated the following day that his countrymen would become “suicide bombers” in defense of Palestine and the Al Aqsa Mosque, the Times of Israel (TOI) reports.

Far-right lawmaker Ben-Gvir garnered widespread condemnation for visiting the Temple Mount on Tuesday, TOI reports. The Mount is Judaism’s holiest site and the location of the First and Second Temples. Nevertheless, while Israel has been in overall charge of security at the Mount following the 1967 Six Day War, daily administration of the site remains under Jordanian control.

The Al Aqsa Mosque, now standing on the Mount, is the third holiest site in Islam, and access to it is the source of severe contention and strife in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

In a speech to Jordan’s parliament in Aman on Wednesday, al-Fraihat referred to Jews as “the sons of monkeys and pigs” and said: “The response of the Palestinian and Jordanian people [to Ben Gvir’s Temple Mount visit] at the moment is only talk, but this is a volcano and soon the response will be with lead bullets,” TOI reports.

“As soon as the Al-Aqsa Mosque is involved, this is a real red line, and all Jordanians will become fighters and suicide bombers for Palestine and for Al-Aqsa,” al-Fraihat said.

It is understood that the United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency session about Ben-Gvir’s visit in response to Jordan’s Foreign Ministry describing it as “the storming of Al Aqsa Mosque / Al-Haram Al-Sharif this morning, under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces,” TOI reports. Jordan added that the Temple Mount is a “pure place of worship” for Muslims.

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