UNSC to meet on Jerusalem violence, Jordan summons Israel's envoy

 
Border Police officers clash with worshipers at the Temple Mount, Friday, May 7, 2021.
(photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

US President Joe Biden has promised to stand by Israel at the UN, but the violence in Jerusalem is likely to test that resolve.

The United Nations Security Council will hold a closed door session on Monday to discuss rising tensions in east Jerusalem, particularly around the Temple Mount, also known as al Haram al Sharif.
Diplomats said the briefing was requested by nearly two-thirds of the 15-member council - Tunisia, Ireland, China, Estonia, France, Norway, Niger, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Vietnam.
It's unlikely that the 15-member body will take any action, but the gathering is yet another sign of increased international concern of the continued violence in Jerusalem.
The Trump administration had been supportive of Israel at the UN and used its veto power at the Security Council to protect the Jewish state from censure.
US President Joe Biden has promised to also stand by Israel at the UN, but the Jerusalem violence is likely to test that resolve.
Jordan on Monday summoned Israel's deputy ambassador to Jordan, Sami Abu Janeb, to its Foreign Ministry over the issue.
Abu Janeb told the Jordanians that Israel protected freedom of worship for members of all religions and emphasized that Jews must be free to pray at the Western Wall, adjacent to the Temple Mount.
Jordan, which has custodianship of Jerusalem's Muslim and Christian sites, has said that Israel should respect worshipers and international law and must safeguard Arab rights.
At issue, in particular, has been the Israeli security forces' use of tear gas at al-Aqsa Mosque compound to quell Palestinian rioters over the weekend.
Additional violence was expected on Monday, as Jews celebrated Jerusalem Day which marks the reunification of the city on the day in the Jewish calendar when Israel captured the eastern part of the city from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War.
King Abdullah called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday and, according to the Royal Hashemite Court twitter account. It said that Abdullah "condemns provocative Israeli measures in al-Aqsa Mosque/Al Haram Al Sharif, which contravene international law and violate human rights."
Reuters contributed to this report.

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