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Waqf to meet for discussions on removal of Temple Mount metal detectors

26 Juillet 2017

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld issued the statement Tuesday to address Palestinian rumors that new cameras could see through clothing and would prove especially embarrassing for women.

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 installed metal detectors at entrances to the site, which includes Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, after an attack on July 14 that killed two policemen.

Israel said they were necessary to prevent weapons being smuggled in.

The detectors were installed following the deadly attack at the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

Embassy staff, including the guard, returned to Israel late Monday, after a phone call between Netanyahu and Jordan's King Abdullah II.

It said the measure would "ensure the security of visitors and worshippers" at the holy site and in Jerusalem's Old City and the police presence would increase in the area until the new security measures were in place.

The move enraged the Muslim world and triggered violence.

Israel said new security arrangements based on "advanced technology" will be installed.

NPR's Daniel Estrin, reporting from one of the entrances to the site, tells our Newscast unit that "the metal detectors have been removed - which is what Muslim leaders were calling for".

The OIC emergency meeting in a statement on Al-Aqsa crisis decried all punitive measures enforced by Israel since July 14, particularly the closure of the mosque and ban on prayers, according to Xinhua news agency.

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The settlers' move in Hebron comes with Israeli-Palestinian tensions high over new security measures at a Jerusalem holy site. Israeli security forces arrived at the scene Tuesday and blocked anyone else from entering the building.

The incident is threatening to complicate the crisis over the holy site, which is administered by Muslim authorities under the auspices of Jordan.

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

It says it now has plans to replace them with less obtrusive surveillance.

Mourners portrayed the teen as a "martyr" who died for Muslim rights at the Jerusalem shrine.

Linvi told Israel's Army Radio on Monday that "we are a step away from turning our conflict with the Palestinians, and cooperation with Jordan and other Sunni nations, into a pan-Muslim event against the state of Israel".

Erdogan spoke to his party's legislators in parliament on Tuesday and called on all Muslims to defend the holy sites by visiting Jerusalem at every occasion or by sending aid to Muslims there. Just because the Palestinians are being driven by paranoia about the status quo on the Temple Mount does not mean that the fact of their paranoia and the violent rage it produces can be discounted.

"We affirm the historical and religious right to the al-Aqsa Mosque and warn that the Israeli occupation attempts to evade the benefits of peace", Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said. "There is no other explanation". "But worshippers are still praying outside the holy site and refusing to enter". The Israeli daily Haaretz said the security Cabinet had chose to remove the metal detectors but leave in place the newly installed cameras. The new security system is to be set up in the next six months at a cost of $28 million.

The removal of the detectors was meant to end more than a week of Muslim protests, including mass street prayers.

In the past two days, the crisis over the shrine had been closely linked to a parallel drama - a deadly shooting at the Israeli Embassy in Jordan.

Masked militants from the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, a military wing of Hamas, march with their rifles during a parade against Israeli arrangements in a contested Jerusalem shrine, along the streets of Gaza City, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Israel says the guard has diplomatic immunity under worldwide conventions and is in touch with Jordanian authorities on the matter.

The guard opened fire after he was attacked with a screwdriver, killing his attacker and another bystander.