Al-Samri said Israeli police dispersed the rock throwers “without causing injuries or damages.”
Meanwhile, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, reiterated his rejection of all new Israeli security measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque, stressing that the situation must return to the way it was before July 14.
Three assailants and two policemen — all Palestinian citizens of Israel — were killed in a shoot-out that day inside the compound, which triggered the new Israeli security measures, which included metal detectors, additional surveillance cameras, and turnstiles.
Palestinians have seen the new security measures at Al-Aqsa as just the latest example of Israeli authorities using Israeli-Palestinian violence and tensions as a means of furthering control over important sites in the occupied Palestinian territory and normalizing heightened measures by Israeli forces targeting Palestinians.
Israeli news site Ynet reported that Israeli police set up new, “special” surveillance cameras at one of the entrances to the compound Sunday morning, reportedly to replace the metal detectors. “The cameras can identify anyone who tries to enter the holy site with knives, weapons, hand grenades or other suspicious items,” Ynet said.
However, Hussein told Ma’an that Palestinians rejected the metal detectors and “all other measures” that obstruct the entry of worshipers to Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Palestinian Minister of Islamic Affairs Mahmoud al-Habash called upon United Nations Security Council to make an urgent intervention to stop the Israeli escalation against the Palestinian people and their holy sites, “before it’s too late.”
The UNSC is reportedly set to hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the crisis. Sweden, Egypt, and France requested the meeting to “urgently discuss how calls for de-escalation in Jerusalem can be supported,” Sweden’s Deputy UN ambassador, Carl Skau, posted on Twitter.Al-Habash said in statement that the metal detectors were the main reason behind the popular uprising and that there was “no alternative but to remove them,” and said that the Palestinian people and their leaderships were unified in their rejection of the metal detectors.
Fatah spokesperson Usama al-Qawasmeh also released a statement affirming the movement’s determined stance against metal detectors and all other alternative security measures at the mosque.
Al-Qawasmeh said that the stance of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was “very clear and and not open to negotiation or compromise.”
The Fatah spokesperson said that Israeli was “fully aware” that the aim of metal detectors and cameras had nothing to do with security and were instead seeking to impose further Israeli control on the the compound, as well as the Old City and Jerusalem at large.
Late Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, and Police Commissioner Roni al-Sheikh reportedly discussed the security situation around the mosque, and the Israeli Security Cabinet is expected to meet Sunday evening to discuss the matter as well.
Israel’s intelligence service, the Shin Bet, and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) have both expressed reservations to Netanyahu about the use of metal detectors at Al-Aqsa, arguing that the anger sparked by the measures might outweigh the security benefits of keeping them.
US President Donald Trump’s envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt, special adviser Jared Kushner, and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman are also reportedly working “behind-the-scenes” with Netanyahu to resolve the crisis.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who claimed to have severed all ties with Israel
in response to the crisis, is also reportedly involved in talk with the Jordanians, who have custodianship over the holy site.
(Source / 23.07.2017)