Published: Wed, July 19, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Muslim imam slams Israeli police measures at Al-Aqsa

Muslim imam slams Israeli police measures at Al-Aqsa

Israel closed the site, which includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, for two days following the attack, angering Muslims and Jordan, the site's custodian.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the metal detectors would remain in order to prevent another deadly assault against authorities.

Mahmoud Abbas, who was quick to condemn the shooting attacks in a telephone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is now in Beijing on a three-day visit to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The site in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem is revered by Jews and Muslims alike, and is the scene of tensions between the two faiths.

Palestinian worshipers have protested the new devices, which they say infringe upon the fragile status-quo governing Muslim and Jewish prayer at the incendiary site.

The Palestinian health ministry confirmed that the Palestinian had died.

"We will also install security cameras on poles outside the Temple Mount but which give nearly complete control over what goes on there".

Netanyahu said he had agreed to increased security measures there.

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Speaking in the parliament on Tuesday, Erhan Usta condemned Israel's order to close the Al-Aqsa mosque to worshippers. Only Muslim residents of Jerusalem were allowed to enter.

The Waqf, Jordan's Islamic authority that manages religious affairs at the site, was outraged over the metal detectors, according to AP.

Usta also mentioned Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan's remarks on Al-Aqsa Mosque: "Al-Aqsa Mosque is in our power".

The Fatah movement called for protests Wednesday and processions throughout the West Bank toward checkpoints.

Arab News referring to an Elaph report said: "Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised USA officials that he had chose to restore the status quo at the mosque which is what the Muslim world and the residents of Jerusalem have been demanding". Abbas' office confirmed to CNN that the phone conversation took place.

Fridays in Jerusalem are often a time of heightened security as it's the holy day of the week for Muslims and Shabbat for Jews begins at sundown.

Israel's army alleged in a statement that a Palestinian man, who was later identified as 29-year-old Rafaat Nathmi Shukri Hirbawi, attempted a car-ramming attack against a group of Israeli soldiers at the entrance to the village of Beit Einun, located five kilometers northeast of al-Khalil (Hebron), on Tuesday afternoon. The assailants were later killed in a shootout...

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