Christian clerics: King sole custodian of Jerusalem holy sites

Amman�� Christian clerics and leaders in Jordan, who met His Majesty King Abdullah II at the Baptism site this week, said on Tuesday that they had renewed their full support of the Hashemite custodianship over Christian and Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem.

They said in interviews with Petra that Christians in Jerusalem had also reaffirmed their pledge of loyalty to the King as Custodian of the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem and Palestine at the meeting, where all the attendees condemned US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem as illegal and illegitimate. The attendees pointed out that the president had no right to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Father Nabil Haddad, Director of the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center in Amman, said the meeting with the King at the Baptism site, the closest spot to Jerusalem, was an opportunity for Jordanian Muslims and Christians to reaffirm their love for Jerusalem and was a platform for Jerusalem Christians to reiterate their allegiance to the custodian of the holy shrines.

Senator Munther Haddadin said the King’s meeting with religious leaders, including participants from Jerusalem and Jordan, is a “bright spot” and is part of the King’s relentless efforts to safeguard religious sites in the holy city.

Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan, William Shomali, said King Abdullah listened to the voice of Christian and Muslim leaders in Palestine and Jordan, who were unanimous in condemning the illegitimacy of the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Shomali said the US president had no right to offer Jerusalem “on a gold platter to the Israelis”. That’s why the decision is null and void, he said, adding that everything possible should be done to rescind and thwart it.

Source: Jordan News Agency