Israeli parliament backs bill to safeguard control of Jerusalem

Posted July 20, 2017

Israel then reopened the compound to Muslim worshippers on Sunday after imposing new security measures, including metal detectors and additional security cameras.

Sheikh Hussein said the fact that the Israelis placed metal detectors at the entrances of the compound, which led worshipers to pray outside the mosque while the radical Jews were present inside, is a clear example of the Israeli strategy to close the mosque in the face of Palestinians.

Tensions have soared since Friday.

At least 50 Palestinians and a police officer were injured after riots at the gates of Jerusalem's Temple Mount on Tuesday.

Tanzim, the armed faction of Fatah, also announced that Friday prayers will be held in the centers of Palestinian cities and that the sermons be dedicated to the Al-Aqsa mosque and against the new security measures, Ynet reported.

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The attackers were Israeli Arabs from Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel, Rosenfeld said. Abbas' office confirmed to CNN that the phone conversation took place.

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit condemned on Wednesday the Israeli authorities' use of violence and other arbitrary measures against Palestinian residents of occupied Jerusalem, especially in the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The rioting was sparked by new security measures introduced over the weekend by the Israelis after police were attacked at the site, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

In a statement, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that Israeli forces removed worshippers at Lions' Gate for allegedly blocking the street while performing prayers.

The compound houses the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock shrine, Islam's third holiest site after Mecca and Medina.

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In a shooting attack on Friday morning, three Palestinian Muslims with Israeli citizenship shot dead two Israel policemen near the gates of the compound.

"We will not enter through these metal detectors", he added. Under the status quo that governs Muslim and Jewish access to the Mount, Jews are prohibited from praying there.

Mahmoud Al-Habbash, president of the Palestinian Authority's (PA) judicial system and an advisor to PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas on religious affairs, signaled that the Jewish State's "crimes" would contribute to the deterioration of peace and security.

In response, Israel began installing metal detectors, a move Muslim religious leaders and Palestinian politicians allege is part of an Israeli attempt to expand control at the site.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said that there is no intention to change the status quo at the holy site.

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In the meantime, Abbas is in touch with Arab and worldwide leaders to try to "prevent a deterioration of the situation", it said.