• Short Summary

    A MAMMOTH DEMONSTRATION TOOK PLACE YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) IN AMMAN AS THOUSANDS OF MUSLIMS OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE GATHERED TO PROTEST AGAINST THURSDAY'S (AUGUST 21) BURNING IN JERUSALEM OF THE AL AQSA MOSQUE -- ONE OF ISLAM'S THREE MOST SACRED SHRINES.

  • Description

    A MAMMOTH DEMONSTRATION TOOK PLACE YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) IN AMMAN AS THOUSANDS OF MUSLIMS OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE GATHERED TO PROTEST AGAINST THURSDAY'S (AUGUST 21) BURNING IN JERUSALEM OF THE AL AQSA MOSQUE -- ONE OF ISLAM'S THREE MOST SACRED SHRINES. THE DEMONSTRATORS, CALLING FOR REVENGE AND A CESSATION OF PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS, MARCHED FROM THE SQUARE OF THE HUSSEIN MOSQUE TO THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMED STRUGGLE COMMAND ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY.

    IN THURSDAY'S FIRE -- FOR WHICH A 28-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN, MICHAEL ROHEN, HAS BEEN ARRESTED -- THE AL AQSA MOSQUE HAD PART OF ITS 500-YEAR-OLD ROOF BURNT AND AN 800-YEAR-OLD WOOD AND IVORY IMAM'S (PRIEST'S) PULPIT WAS DESTROYED.

    ALREADY, CALLS HAVE BEEN RAISED THROUGHOUT THE ARAB AND ISLAMIC WORLD FOR A "JIDAH" (HOLY WAR) IN REVENGE FOR THE FIRE. THERE ARE 700 MILLION MEMBERS OF THE ISLAMIC FAITH ACROSS THE WORLD AND, IN THE PAST, A JIDAH HAS ONLY BEEN CALLED WHEN AN ISLAMIC COUNTRY WAS THREATENED BY AN ALIEN RELIGION OR POWER -- AND EVERY ABLE-BODIED MUSLIM IS REQUIRED TO TAKE UP ARMS FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE FAITH. THE LAST TIME A JIDAH WAS CALLED FOR WAS DURING WORLD WAR I -- WHEN THE TURKISH EMPIRE WAS UNDER ATTACK BY RUSSIA, FRANCE AND GREAT BRITAIN.

    IN AMMAN YESTERDAY, THE DEMONSTRATORS CARRIED BANNERS CONDEMNING THE UNITED STATES AS "THE BEST FRIEND OF THE CRIMINAL ISRAEL, THE DESTROYER OF THE HOLY PLACES", "TODAY WAS THE AQSA, TOMORROW IT WILL BE THE HOLY SEPULCHRE" AND "ISRAEL -- THE ASSASSINS OF THE PROPHETS".

    IN JERUSALEM ITSELF, A MASSIVE SECURITY PROGRAMME HAS BEEN PUT INTO OPERATION UNDER THE DIRECT COMMAND OF DEFENCE MINISTER MOSHE DAYAN, AS ROHEN WAITS TO BE CHARGED AND TRIED FOR THE ACT OF ARSON. ACCORDING TO ISRAELI PROCEDURE, HE MUST BE INDICTED BY A DISTRICT COURT WITHIN 90 DAYS OF HIS ARREST.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAC6YWPG9EWXIPOYTLCXL7J06H
    Media URN:
    VLVAAC6YWPG9EWXIPOYTLCXL7J06H
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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