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Israel stops use of metal detectors at sensitive Jerusalem holy site

26 Juillet 2017

Some Muslim officials alleged that Israel used the absence of Muslim clerics from the walled compound in the past week of protests to install new security cameras.

He said "Israel Police does not use any type of camera that harms privacy in any way and has no intention of using such cameras in the future".

Israel has removed controversial metal detectors at the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem, aiming to ease tension after days of protests.

The Israeli prime minister's office said the state security bodies had recommended replacing the metal detectors with "advanced technologies and other means".

"It's not about technology, it's about control", an unnamed resident of Jerusalem was quoted as saying by the Palestinian Ma'an news agency.

Safadi did not mention the new Israeli proposal at the site and it is unclear what Jordan's position is on the issue.

The flashpoint site is holy to both Muslims and Jews. The removal of the metal detectors was completed by Tuesday.

The spike in tensions and the deaths of three Israelis and four Palestinians in violence on Friday and Saturday have triggered global alarm and prompted the United Nations Security Council to convene a meeting to seek ways of calming the situation.

There was widespread anger in Jordan over the shooting, given the unpopularity of its peace deal with Israel.

Muslim leaders urged worshippers to continue protesting the Israeli measures even after the metal detectors were removed.

Now the anti-Semitic thug dictator of Turkey has joined the incitement, calling on all Muslims to unite to "defend" the al-Aqsa Mosque. Jordan is the Muslim custodian of the site that is also holy to Jews.

The teen, Mohammed Jawawdeh, was killed on Sunday after he argued with the Israeli.

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"Yes there have been Israeli guards outside the compound, but it is under Palestinian control within the compound, with Palestinian guards - so our stance is that putting any kind of new administrations on the ground will give Israel new control over the mosque, which is what the Israelis have always wanted, and what we will not accept" he said.

Mourners portrayed the teen as a "martyr" who died for Muslim rights at the Jerusalem shrine. Under arrangements put in place then, Muslims administer the site and Jews can visit, but not pray there.

"They are attempting to take the mosque from Muslim hands on the pretext of fighting terrorism".

Sheikh Najeh Bakirat, director of al-Aqsa Mosque, said on Tuesday that the move does not fulfil the demands of the Muslim worshippers as the security cameras remain. "There is no other explanation". Palestinians immediately announced that they would refuse to enter the mosque until the security measures were removed, instead taking to the streets outside of the mosque compound to pray and protest. The king called on Mr Netanyahu to remove the metal detectors.

The Cabinet said police would increase the deployment of forces until the new measures are in place. Muslim leaders have alleged the detectors, installed after a deadly shooting at the shrine, encroached on Muslim rights - a claim Israel denies.

Benjamin Netanyahu met the guard on Tuesday after he returned to Israel following intense negotiations.

Jordan initially said the guard could not leave without an investigation, while Israel said he had diplomatic immunity.

The crisis was triggered by a shooting on Sunday in which an Israeli embassy guard killed two Jordanians after one attacked him with a screwdriver.

He had announced last week that he was freezing all ties with Israel until the metal detectors were down. Israel also considers Jordan an important land barrier on its eastern flank.

David Friedman told Israeli lawmakers in parliament on Tuesday that the standoff over a deadly shooting near the Israeli Embassy in Jordan could "have gone very bad" without the American intervention.

Greenblatt was meeting with Netanyahu along with United States envoy to Israel David Friedman Monday, an Israeli official told AFP.