Hypocrites on the Temple Mount

Hypocrites on the Temple Mount

The call on Tuesday by Fatah for a day of rage on Wednesday followed a night in which Muslims protesting the installation of metal detectors on the Temple Mount clashed with Israeli security forces.

Not much of this seems to make sense - until you look at it from the perspective of what is really motivating the Waqf, palestinians, and so many other Muslims.

Several Israeli media agencies claimed Jews had been barred from the Temple Mount, but Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CBN News it was open to visitors all morning outside of the brief interlude.

Ikrema Sabri, a top Muslim official, said installing the detectors "is an attempt to impose Israeli sovereignty over the mosque" compound. Jewish groups have capitalized on the absence of Waqf (Islamic trust) officials in recent days to take advantage of relaxed police regulations governing Jewish visits to the site, including teaching Torah lessons and saying short prayers.

The Red Cross said on Tuesday that at least 50 Palestinians were wounded in overnight clashes with Israeli police remaining near the sacred site, known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims.

Israeli border police disperse a Palestinian man during scuffles that erupted after Palestinians held evening prayers outside the Lion's Gate of Jerusalem's Old City.

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The site in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem is revered by Jews and Muslims alike, and is the scene of tensions between the two faiths.

The latest round of incitement began last Friday when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu closed the site after a terror attack killed two police officers and injured a third.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is in China, is returning to the West Bank to deal with the crisis, his office said in a statement. Muslim authorities have called on Palestinians not to enter the holy site in protest. "Police dispersed some of the local residents after stones and bottles [were] thrown at them".

According to a statement issued by the group, Israeli security forces made "unilateral decisions" about access to the compound without the participation of the Waqf, establishing "a clear change to the status quo". Meanwhile, worshippers have lined up in the streets, dozens at a time, to perform prayers in the streets.

Netanyahu, who was in Hungary, spoke by phone with Israeli security chiefs about the escalation in Jerusalem and was to hold more consultations after his return to Israel on Thursday. "We will have the upper hand and the stronger say if the occupation continues with its plans at Al-Aqsa mosque", they added. He said it was God's doing that made Muslims boycott the site.

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