Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- French president Emmanuel Macron Wednesday lost temper at heavily armed Israeli security guards for following him into a French church in Jerusalem, breaking the protocol of the French-owned church.
“Everybody knows the rules,” Macron shouted. “I don’t like what you did in front of me. Go outside!”
When an Israel official initially refused to move out of the church, Macron said: “You know the rules! Nobody, nobody, nobody has to provoke.”
“Please respect the rules as they are for centuries – they will not change with me, I can tell you, so everybody respects the rules.”
#Watch| "Everybody knows the rules".. Macron yelling at Israeli policemen, who were guarding him and aren't allowed to enter the French Church of St. Anne in occupied #Jerusalem. Israeli police is used to break into the AlAqsa mosque and other holy places in the holy city. pic.twitter.com/AUWnpdwd5G
— Quds News Network (@Qudsn_en) January 22, 2020
St Anne’s Church has belonged to France ever since the Ottoman Empire gave it to Napoleon III in 1856. It is a Roman Catholic church, located in the Muslim quarter of the Old City of occupied Jerusalem in Palestine.
In 1996, the then conservative President Jacques Chirac visited St Anne’s but refused to enter until Israeli security guards had left.
Chirac, who died last September, said the Israelis were being deliberately provocative and heavy-handed, and at one point threatened to get back on his plane to Paris.
The director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch, Sarah Leah Whitson, tweeted: “Imagine what #Palestinians worshipers have to endure, the decades of self-control they must exercise, if #Macron comes close to losing his temper with just a few minutes of #Israel police harassment.”
Imagine what #Palestinians worshipers have to endure, the decades of self-control they must exercise, if #Macron comes close to losing his temper with just a few minutes of #Israel police harassment https://t.co/9Ah80yoXak
— Sarah Leah Whitson (@sarahleah1) January 22, 2020
The Israeli army and police storm Muslim and Christian holy places, including Al Aqsa mosque, on a daily basis. Jewish extremist settlers escorted by Israeli policemen break into the holy mosque everyday, breaking protocol, which has been followed for centuries and prevents provocative visits into holy places.