Waqf officials say Palestinian can return to al-Aqsa mosque

Cheryl Sanders
July 27, 2017

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the holy site is referred to as the "Temple Mount" by the Jews and as "Haram al-Sharif" by the Muslims.

Israel's decision to add the security measures there outraged Muslims and triggered protests and violence.

The Temple Mount is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Palestinians fearing Israel may one day seek to assert further control over it.

Abbas canceled scheduled security coordination meetings between Israeli and Palestinian officials on Sunday, two days after he announced that Palestinian leaders had frozen all contact with Israel over the newly installed security measures at the Temple Mount.

Tens of thousands of people are expected in Jerusalem for the Friday prayer.

Israeli media reported that all the new security inspection devices set outside the entrance to the shrine after the attack were removed.

Noting that the final status issue concerning Jerusalem needs to be negotiated and decided by the two sides, he urged Israel to fulfil the responsibility to uphold its obligations under worldwide human rights law and humanitarian law.

Palestinians have protested against increased security, which they viewed as an encroachment of Israeli control over the holy site, and a form of collective punishment.

The detectors, installed following a shooting attack that killed three Israeli policemen, sparked a huge protest.

Abu Arafeh spoke as he and his son Amjad, 37, sat on the ground near the Old City's Lion's Gate, the main area for the street prayers, on Tuesday evening.

Israel reached the decision to dismantle the metal detectors shortly after an end to a diplomatic standoff with Jordan, which administers the site, over a violent incident at a building housing Israeli embassy staff in Jordan's capital Amman.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to shut down Al Jazeera's office in Jerusalem for its coverage of the tensions.

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.

Seeking to inflame the global Islamic community, the Turkish president added that Israel is trying to usurp Muslim control of the mosque and Har Habayis under the guise of security requirements following the attack.

This came after Israel removed metal detectors earlier on Tuesday from the walled compound that is holy to Muslims and Jews.

According to the israeli newspaper Haaretz, the israeli government wants to put in place a network of surveillance cameras sophisticated, based on a technology of biometric recognition.

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