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Jerusalem - Islamic Leaders Boycott Jerusalem Site Over Metal Detectors

Published on: July 17, 2017 08:00 AM
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Israeli Border police officers check People near Metal detectors that was placed outside the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, ahead of its opening. The Temple Mount was closed down following last weeks terror attack when two Israeli Arabs opened fire and killed two Israeli police men. July 16, 2017. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash9Israeli Border police officers check People near Metal detectors that was placed outside the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, ahead of its opening. The Temple Mount was closed down following last weeks terror attack when two Israeli Arabs opened fire and killed two Israeli police men. July 16, 2017. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash9

Jerusalem - Islamic leaders called on Muslims on Monday to boycott a Jerusalem holy site, which lies at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in protest after Israel set up metal detectors at the site’s entrance gates following a deadly Arab attack there last week.

For the first time in decades, Israel closed the site — sacred to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount — on Friday, after three Arab Israeli citizens opened fire from the holy compound with automatic weapons, killing two police officers before they were shot and killed.

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Israel reopened the compound to Muslim worshippers on Sunday after imposing new security measures, including metal detectors at the entrance gates and additional security cameras.

The Waqf, Jordan’s Islamic authority that manages religious affairs at the site, was outraged over the metal detectors. Dozens of worshippers have prayed on the streets near the gate after refusing to enter via the metal detectors. Minor scuffles broke out there on Sunday as some Muslim worshippers tried to stop others from using the gates, Israeli media reported.

Police said that despite the tensions, hundreds of worshippers had entered the compound.

The Waqf, together with other Islamic groups, issued a statement Monday calling on Muslims “to reject and boycott all the Israeli aggression measures, including changing the historical status quo including imposing the metal detectors.”

They called on the faithful “not to deal with it at all and not to enter the mosque through it at all.” The statement further said that “if the metal detectors continue to be imposed, we call upon the people to pray in front of the gates of the mosque and in the streets of Jerusalem.”

The fate of the compound, holy to both Jews and Muslims, is an emotional issue and forms the centerpiece of rival Israeli and Palestinian national narratives. Any perceived changes to the delicate arrangements at the site can spark tensions. Its closure after Friday’s attack prompted condemnations from the Arab world.

Jordan called for its immediate reopening and there were protests in the streets there against Israel, with which Amman has a peace treaty.

Israel did not coordinate the changes with Jordan, which serves as the custodian of the Muslim-administered site, according to a Jordanian government official. Jordan’s stance is that anything installed at the site must be approved by the Waqf, or Muslim administration, and cannot change the status quo, said the official. He spoke on Sunday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation with reporters.


Jews revere the site, where the two Jewish temples stood in biblical times, as the Temple Mount. It is the holiest site in Judaism and the nearby Western Wall, a remnant of one of the temples, is the holiest place where Jews can pray.

Muslims regard the same hilltop compound as the Noble Sanctuary. Home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, it is Islam’s third-holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Police have been gradually reopening the site. On Monday it opened to visitors.

Jerusalem police commissioner Yoram Halevy said the metal detectors were necessary for the site to reopen.

“I assume that with time they will understand that this is not terrible,” he told Army Radio. He said that security measures of this kind are commonplace in the world.

“When I go shopping on Friday I pass through a detector at the mall,” Halevy said. “We see them everywhere they have become a part of our lives.”



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 Jul 17, 2017 at 08:08 AM Anonymous Says:

What a chutzpah! Israel takes measures to protect itself from senseless and evil terror. Let them boycott.

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 Jul 17, 2017 at 08:08 AM Curiosity Says:

Ironic that the whole planet only uses metal detectors because of Muslims, but these savages whine like babies when you require their participation.

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 Jul 17, 2017 at 10:09 AM Educated Archy Says:

Yes major chutzpa first they kill our troops then they demand that we can't protect ourselves? Notice this is coming from Jordan, a "peaceful" muslim country. Islam is such a hateful religon. so sad.

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 Jul 17, 2017 at 11:21 AM Anonymous Says:

The Zionists are digging their own grave. Lets leave the Torah aside as theyre atheists but why anger the bull? Only murdurous rampages comes out of this. Muslims are ready to kill and only you will b to blame.

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 Jul 17, 2017 at 11:23 AM scy4851 Says:

OF COURSE they have a problem with these metal detectors.
It make it that much harder for them to bring all kinds of weapons and knives onto the Har Habais

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 Jul 17, 2017 at 11:26 AM Anonymous Says:

The holy site is unfortunately not ours. U can install whatever u want to protect oneself. H took it away from us because we sinned and we have no right to claim it. We hafta wait till H will give it back to is when Mashiach comes if anyone up there still knows who he is. Sad world!

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 Jul 17, 2017 at 11:34 AM Taxbucky Says:

Great! Let them boycott. Who wants them there?

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 Jul 17, 2017 at 01:55 PM anon1m0us Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

The holy site is unfortunately not ours. U can install whatever u want to protect oneself. H took it away from us because we sinned and we have no right to claim it. We hafta wait till H will give it back to is when Mashiach comes if anyone up there still knows who he is. Sad world!

Hashem did give it back. He was called the 6 day war, a miracle in itself. Don't be the same people who refused to join Ezra in the building of the second bais hamekdash and history remembers them as the cause of why moshiach did not come then. Maybe your tikkun in life was to be mesakan that avayra 2500 years ago!

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 Jul 17, 2017 at 02:48 PM Wise-Guy Says:

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anon1m0us Says:

Hashem did give it back. He was called the 6 day war, a miracle in itself. Don't be the same people who refused to join Ezra in the building of the second bais hamekdash and history remembers them as the cause of why moshiach did not come then. Maybe your tikkun in life was to be mesakan that avayra 2500 years ago!

It's not the same.
Our return 2500 years ago was in accordance with clear directives from the Prophets.
Therefore, those that remained behind did not claim Halachic excuses.

So that saga cannot be used as evidence or comparison.

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 Jul 17, 2017 at 04:05 PM Curiosity Says:

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Anonymous Says:

The Zionists are digging their own grave. Lets leave the Torah aside as theyre atheists but why anger the bull? Only murdurous rampages comes out of this. Muslims are ready to kill and only you will b to blame.

Way to blame the victims of terrorism. When Muslim terrorists rampage, Muslim terrorists are to blame, not their Jewish victims.

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 Jul 17, 2017 at 07:18 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

The Zionists are digging their own grave. Lets leave the Torah aside as theyre atheists but why anger the bull? Only murdurous rampages comes out of this. Muslims are ready to kill and only you will b to blame.

You are a pathetic sonei Yisroel. This is not about Zionism. It is about terror. And you, like the cursed terrorists, consider it a good thing. Find yourself a tall cliff and take a long walk.

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 Jul 17, 2017 at 09:35 PM jack-l Says:

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Anonymous Says:

The Zionists are digging their own grave. Lets leave the Torah aside as theyre atheists but why anger the bull? Only murdurous rampages comes out of this. Muslims are ready to kill and only you will b to blame.

I didn't know that jews have only been killed since 1967.
Before that all was well.
Your stupidity is truly mindboggling.

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 Jul 17, 2017 at 09:37 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

The holy site is unfortunately not ours. U can install whatever u want to protect oneself. H took it away from us because we sinned and we have no right to claim it. We hafta wait till H will give it back to is when Mashiach comes if anyone up there still knows who he is. Sad world!

i am afraid that its jews like you that keep moshiach away.

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