Arab League: Israel is playing with fire in Jerusalem

Monday, 24 Jul, 2017

During violent tensions in Jerusalem's Old City in September 2015, Abbas released the following statement, specifically praising violence against Israel: "Each drop of blood that was spilled in Jerusalem is pure blood as long as it's for the sake of Allah".

Israel refused to remove the detectors, claiming the security measures were similar to procedures taken at other holy sites around the world. The Halamish settlement is located in the West Bank. Israel said it is investigating the deaths.

Israeli officials argue that the detectors are needed for security after the gun attack outside the mosque. Initially peaceful protests on Friday descended into large-scale rioting in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

"Checks with metal detectors won't succeed", housing minister Yoav Gallant told the Ynet news agency.

"I declare on behalf of the Palestinian leadership the suspension of all contacts with the occupation state (Israel) on all levels until Israel cancels its measures against our Palestinian nation in general and against Jerusalem and at Al-Aqsa mosque in specific", said Abbas.

The Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary was closed after last Friday's attack, and reopened Sunday for worshippers, visitors and tourists, with added security measures. "This is problematic - they are using it to booby-trap the area with potential for terrorism".

"We are examining other options and alternatives that will ensure security", Mordechai said in an interview with Al-Jazeera.

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The Muslim authorities that oversee al Aqsa said they would continue to oppose any new Israeli-imposed measures, however.

Israel chose to install the metal detectors at the entry point to the shrine in Jerusalem about a week ago after the killing of two Israeli policemen stationed there.

On Saturday, two Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli forces as Israeli troops moved to prepare for the demolition of the home of the Palestinian who they say stabbed the three Israeli settlers to death on Friday in the town of Kobar in the occupied West Bank.

The Israel Defense Force also shared a photo of a Facebook post they said Abed wrote before the attack.

One security session was expected to discuss the recent implementation of metal detectors at entrances to a key holy site in the Old City.

The report fails to mention the numerous peace offers that the Palestinian Authority has rejected or the fact that past Israeli concessions unleashed even more Arab terror and violence.