Palestinian Protesters Clash with Israeli Police in Jerusalem

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 23, 2017

Israel Police installed sophisticated surveillance cameras at the Lion's Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem, where most Muslim worshippers enter the Temple Mount, in an effort to clear the metal detectors from the site, which has angered the Muslim community. Israeli police also made a decision to prevent Palestinian men below the age of 50 to enter the Old City.

However, the top Muslim cleric of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, told the Voice of Palestine he demands a complete return to procedures that were in place before the initial attack at the shrine, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

On July 14, three Palestinians opened fire on Israeli forces at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, killing two of them before being shot dead.

Clashes between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police renewed outside East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque on Saturday night.

Some prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years without any charges brought against them.

He stressed that any changes in the Old City "constitute a red line" and encouraged the global community - particularly the United States - "to take responsibility and to oblige the Israeli government to maintain the status quo".

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced the suspension of all contact with Israel till "it cancels its measures at al-Aqsa Mosque and preserves the status quo".

Bishop Munib Younan, head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land, said on Vatican radio that the metal detectors are a form of "collective punishment" which should not be permitted "because of an attack by two persons".

"If Israel wants security coordination to be resumed they have to withdraw those measures", Abbas said in a speech on Sunday, referring to the metal detectors.

Muslim leaders called for mass gatherings to protest the erection of the metal detectors.

Clashes also broke out elsewhere in Jerusalem, including in A-Tur, where a youth was killed during a protest on Friday, the police said. Palestinian medics said he died of shrapnel wounds to the chest and abdomen.

On Saturday, Palestinian youths hurled stones and petrol bombs as the army used a bulldozer to close off the attacker's West Bank village and prepare his house for demolition.

Netanyahu said Sunday the demolition would go ahead "as soon as possible".

The UN Security Council will hold closed-door talks Monday about the spiralling violence.

The holy site in Jerusalem has served as a rallying cry for Palestinians.

The Israeli military said it carried out a wave of overnight arrests of 29 people, including several members of the Islamic Hamas militant group.

The holy venue includes the al Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, and the golden Dome of the Rock.

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