Palestinians Riot Outside Temple Mount for Second Night, Dozens Reported Injured

Palestinian children in Hebron
Palestinian children in Hebron
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20 July, 2017

But apparently Israel now has metal detectors that can intercept Muslim prayers to Allah.

In light of the violent clashes yesterday, tour guides in Jerusalem received a message from the local police department, warning them against taking groups to the Lions' Gate, Silwan, Ras al-Amud and Mount of Olives area.

"The closure of Al Aqsa Mosque for prayers by Israel is not acceptable".

Israeli police in Jerusalem's Old City.

"Palestinians see it as all part of the same narrative, and that is why these metal detectors are taking on such much weight".

Israel blames the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded on social media sites that glorify violence and encourage attacks.

More than 300 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since October 2015, when the tensions intensified. The Muslim religious authority charged with managing Temple Mount has also expressed its anger over metal detectors being installed at the site.

Israel reopened the holy site on Sunday, requiring all visitors to go through security checks through metal detectors that were placed at two gates. There was also the discovery of numerous weapons being stored by Muslims on the Temple Mount. Dozens of worshipers held prayers outside the compound.

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Netanyahu spoke to Israeli security chiefs by phone on Wednesday. Jordan was reportedly not consulted about the changes by Israel.

According to the report, the officials are trying to reach a resolution before Friday, when tens of thousands of Muslims are expected to pray near the entrances to the Temple Mount.

"[These measures] come in framework of the occupation's plans to change the historic status quo in Jerusalem and the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque", Hamdallah said. Most countries would severely crack down on them, shut the Mount's mosques for an extended period, and take really forceful action.

Also on Monday, an Israeli minister announced that the metal detector was not subject to any negotiation.

"Preserving security and stability in holy places is a Jordanian objective, but this can not be achieved by changing the historic status quo but through respecting it", said Safadi.

Israeli Parliament member Taleb Abu Arar accused the government of taking advantage of the situation by taking complete control over the compound, which, he said, would bring bloodshed as it is unacceptable to Palestinians. "They are calculating to spark some level of violence because that's when Israel works best", Diana Buttu, a former advisor to Abbas said. Police said two officers were lightly injured in the fighting. It was only the third time it closed the site since capturing it, along with east Jerusalem and other territories, in the 1967 Mideast war.

Police have been gradually reopening the site.

Jews revere the 37-acre raised platform as the site of their biblical Temples.


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