Arab foreign ministers urge UN Security Council to implement resolutions on Jerusalem

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 28, 2017

Israel put up metal detectors, cameras and steel barriers at Muslim entrances to the compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, after the July 14 killing of two Israeli policemen by Arab gunmen who had concealed weapons there.

"See?" he said. "When they want to, everything is quiet".

He was referring to the Israeli police, who on Thursday were involved in violent confrontations with several hundred Palestinian demonstrators in the esplanade surrounding the mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

Netanyahu is said to be making the legal pretext for this move a formal expansion of the borders of Jerusalem to include this significant chunk of the West Bank, arguing that since Israel claims "all of Jerusalem" as eternal and undivided, they can just tack new regions onto their definition of Jerusalem and claim them as well.

The prayers ended without incident, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Reporters have complained this week that they were being preventing from covering the unrest around the shrine while tourists were able to freely move about the city and film with their mobile phones.

The foreign ministries of Turkey and Israel are trading barbs over the crisis at a holy site in Jerusalem.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday night that he "congratulates the Palestinian people and the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem on the victory".

Jordan is the official custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem and is one of only two Arab governments to have signed a peace treaty with Israel.

Overnight Thursday, Israel dismantled the infrastructure for the installation of smart cameras, or any cameras, really, at the entrances to the Temple Mount compound, in compliance with the list of demands submitted by the true owner of the site, the Jordanian Waqf.

In an e-mailed statement, Muftuoglu "condemned" the Israeli ministry's comments and called on Israel to fulfil its responsibilities by "acting with good sense, restoring the status quo (at the holy site) and lifting all hurdles to the freedom of worship".

As if all those illegal practices were not enough, Israel has taken even more serious measures.

But after protests and intensive global diplomacy to prevent further unrest, the Israeli government removed the detectors from the site.

Entrance into the prayer compound was accompanied by stone throwing as the Israel Police responded with riot control measures.

As reported earlier by JOL, thousands of Muslim worshippers entered the Temple Mount this afternoon in order to hold a mass prayer service for the first time since the deadly terror attack, in which two policemen were murdered two weeks ago.

Newly installed railings and scaffolding where cameras were previously mounted were also cleared early on Thursday, after which Israeli police declared that all new security measures had been removed.

The Moroccan monarch insisted on the need for resolute action on the part of the global community and the influential powers to compel Israel to put an end to those practices, through which it seeks to impose a fait accompli and decide single-handedly the fate of the City of Jerusalem - an issue which should be addressed within the context of final status negotiations.

Israel blames the violence on incitement by Palestinian leaders.

Only two gates leading to the mosque were reopened on July 16 after Israeli police installed metal detectors at the gates.

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