Israel Attacks Palestinians at Al Aqsa Mosque, Injuring Dozens

But apparently Israel now has metal detectors that can intercept Muslim prayers to Allah.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and the Arab League stressed their rejection of any adjustment to the status quo in Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque.

Arab News referring to an Elaph report said: "Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised USA officials that he had chose to restore the status quo at the mosque which is what the Muslim world and the residents of Jerusalem have been demanding".

The protests follow clashes between Israeli forces and protesters on Tuesday after evening prayers in the occupied city. Israeli officials said they were a permanent measure but many worshippers refused to go through them and preferred to pray outside the compound.

Hussein called the closure "an escalation and aggression against al-Aqsa", the Arablanguage name of the compound.

At least three armed terrorists were killed in a gunfight with security forces on Friday, July 14, at the Lions' Gate, which is situated directly northeast of the Temple Mount compound.

The rioters are protesting the new security measures Israel introduced at the holy site in wake of Friday's terrorist attack which left two Israel policemen dead. The Waqf also urged Muslim to boycott the Temple Mount! Meanwhile, worshippers have lined up in the streets, dozens at a time, to perform prayers in the streets.

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Ynet reported that senior Jordanian and Israeli officials are discussing ways to find a solution to tensions on the Temple Mount. According to media reports, several Palestinians were injured during the clashes. They argue that abiding by the new security measures will reinforce Israel's questioned sovereignty claim over the area. Netanyahu said Jordan wants to "end this as quietly as possible". "We will have the upper hand and the stronger say if the occupation continues with its plans at Al-Aqsa mosque", they added.

Netanyahu rejected Muslim allegations that Israel is changing long-standing arrangements at the shrine.

Then following the attack, Israel announced it would be installing metal detectors at all entrances to the Temple Mount - something that has been done outside other mosques around the world, including the Ka'aba Mosque in Mecca, Islam's holiest place. "It is only meant to prevent a repeat of an attack with weapons".

Muslim clerics and Palestinian politicians contend Israel is changing the status quo under the guise of security. Police said 200 people had entered some 90 minutes after the reopening. Palestinian leadership, whose tools are deception, intimidation and violence, know better. He spoke on Sunday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation with reporters.

Israeli police said last night that some 200 Palestinians tried to block a road nearby and threw stones at officers who dispersed them.

It remained closed on Saturday, while parts of Jerusalem's Old City were also under lockdown.

  • Sonia Alvarado