White House hails Israel's dismantling of Temple Mount metal detectors

White House hails Israel's dismantling of Temple Mount metal detectors

Since the metal detectors went up, three members of an Israeli family have been stabbed to death at their home in a West Bank settlement, and four Palestinians have been killed in clashes with security forces in and around Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem.

He also noted that the time has come to carry out the resolutions the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have passed in support of al-Aqsa Mosque.

Raed Saleh, a resident of occupied East Jerusalem, said that this was a victory for Palestinians.

Hamas, the Islamic militant group, had called for a "Day of Rage" on Friday, and Fatah, the rival mainstream faction led by President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, similarly called for a day of rage last week and urged Palestinian Muslims to hold protest marches.

Israel removed the devices Thursday and the crisis appeared to be easing as Muslim leaders told the faithful to return to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Michael Lynk, the United Nations special rapporteur on situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory, has accused Israel of human rights violations amid the ongoing crisis around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and called on Tel Aviv to end the "occupation" of East Jerusalem and other Palestinian lands.

The White House hailed the decision "despite the demonstrated need to enhance security at the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif in the wake of the murder of two Israeli police officers at the site on July 14", Spicer said.

Hebrew-language Channel 2 TV reported that the Jerusalem Mufti Mohammed Hussein and the Waqf, a Jordanian body that administrates the site, ruled that the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound has been restored.

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The hardline leader of the Justice and Development party (AKP) welcomed Israel's decision to begin dismantling the metal detector systems and said the mosque should be protected in the same way as Mecca and Medina, Islam's first and second holiest sites, respectively.

"The prayers will happen, God willing, inside the Al Aqsa Mosque", Abbas said after Muslim authorities announced an end to a almost two-week boycott of the site.

Palestinians view the security move as Israel asserting further control over the site.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered police reinforcements in Jerusalem following the latest unrest, and police were weighing limiting entry of younger men in anticipation of mass protests for Friday prayers - the highlight of the Muslim religious week. As CAMERA has noted numerous times, it is the Temple Mount, and not the Western Wall, that is considered the holiest site in Judaism.

The measures, which included installation of metal detectors, turnstiles, and additional surveillance cameras, had been imposed following an attack earlier this month.

Israel captured East Jerusalem, including the walled Old City and the Aqsa compound, in the 1967 Middle East war.

Muslims alleged Israel was expanding control at the site under the guise of security.

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