Jul 21, 2017
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – Following a deadly attack last Friday in which two Israel police officers were murdered and a third was seriously wounded, Israel temporarily closed the Temple Mount because they found that weapons had been smuggled into the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Temple Mount, where the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock are located, was reopened Sunday with metal detectors installed. The Waqf, which Israel has allowed to control the Temple Mount, urged Muslims to refuse to go through the metal detectors and has called for protests and rage against Israel. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has now asked the White House to pressure Israel to remove the metal detectors.
After the metal detectors were installed, some Muslims boycotted the site and taunted the police. The Waqf and some Imams urged Muslims to flood the Temple Mount today and tear down the metal detectors. Israeli security were confronted with busloads of Muslim rioters who were turned back, while mobs of those who arrived on foot from more nearby locations pelted police with stones.
Surveillance cameras show the three terrorists smuggled weapons into the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. The three Arab Israeli men (all named Muhammad Jabarin) walked from the Temple Mount complex to the Lion’s Gate and opened fire on a group of police officers, killing two of them and critically injuring a third. The terrorists were all reportedly members of the now-illegal Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, which is led by the firebrand Arab Israeli figure Raed Salah, who has served as mayor of Umm al-Fahm.
The Temple Mount is managed under a longstanding arrangement with the Jordanian-supported Islamic institution known as the Waqf. While the Waqf is largely responsible for the management of the Temple Mount, Israel provides security for the holy site.
“This is an unreasonable request from the Waqf and the Palestinian Authority to remove the metal detectors at the Temple Mount,” said Mat Staver, Chairman of Liberty Counsel, President of Christians in Defense of Israel. “When weapons are smuggled onto the Temple Mount and into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, it is more than reasonable to require metal detectors. Anyone who visits the Western Wall must go through metal detectors. The violent wing of the Palestinian Muslim community is using this incident to generate rage against Israel. And the mainstream media is complicit by not reporting the full story. Israel has a right to protect itself and the many visitors to the Old City. This is a reminder to pray for Israel and the Jewish people,” said Staver.
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