Metal detectors at Jerusalem shrine trigger new tensions

Metal detectors at Jerusalem shrine trigger new tensions

A picture taken on July 17, 2017, shows the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the old city ofJerusalem, after Palestinian Muslim worshippers refused to enter the compound due to newly-implemented security measures by Israeli authorities which include metal detectors and cameras. Many in the media covered the closing of the Temple Mount in great detail, ignoring the necessity for the closure completely.

"I have personally learned from Western sources that there is a compromise proposed by Americans to remove the metal detectors from the entrances of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to only do inspections at the mosque doors", he added.

Yes, the Israeli "crime" was that the nation dared to install metal detectors at the scene of a double-murder of its policemen and take basic security precautions.

ESTRIN: Abraham Elbin (ph) is a devout Jew who visited the site today.

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During that period, Israeli forces have killed more than 254 Palestinians, a lot of them said by Israel to be attackers while others were killed in clashes with Israeli forces.

Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett, reporting from occupied East Jerusalem, said the protests are not just about the implementation of the new security measures by Israel.

The Temple Mount is holy to Jews as the site of their ancient temple, and to Muslims as the site of where the Prophet Muhammad is believed to have risen. Netanyahu said Jordan wants to "end this as quietly as possible".

A number of local and worldwide human rights groups have raised concerns that Israeli security forces have used excessive force when confronting Palestinians who had carried out attacks or been suspected of doing so. The attackers immediately ran to the Temple Mount compound where they were shot dead by police. "They are calculating to spark some level of violence because that's when Israel works best", Diana Buttu, a former advisor to Abbas said.

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Israel previously accused Waqf officials of allowing Palestinian protesters to hoard stones, sticks and firecrackers for use in confrontations with police.

In recent months, far-right Israeli lawmakers renewed their calls to change the long-held status quo and to lift the restrictions on Jewish prays, escalating the tensions in and around the compound.

Netanyahu, who was in Hungary, spoke by phone with Israeli security chiefs about the escalation in Jerusalem and was to hold more consultations after his return to Israel on Thursday.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi talked about Jerusalem tensions Tuesday with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, Jordan's state news agency Petra said. He said it was God's doing that made Muslims boycott the site. "Get it into your heads that Jerusalem was the capital of the Jewish people and will remain the capital of the Jewish people for all eternity", she said. The Waqf said that the measures were a breach of the status quo.

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