Thousands Attend Funerals of Temple Mount Terrorists in Northern Israel

Elias Hubbard
July 29, 2017

Palestinian worshippers in Ras el-Amud Area outside the Old City on July 21, 2017, in Jerusalem, Israel. "The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), in a lengthy report on the subject, noted that the, "'Al-Aqsa is in danger' is a classic libel that was embroidered in the first half of the twentieth century against the Jewish people, the Zionist movement and, eventually, the State of Israel".

Netanyahu announced that there would be a greater security presence in the Old City on Friday, with more border police officers at the flashpoints.

New security measures were taken, including only allowing men aged 50 and older to enter Temple Mount.

Younger worshipers gathered outside Israeli police barricades, praying in the midday sun. When the prayer session ended those congregated left the area peacefully, for the most part.

The demonstration continued for hours, with chants of "Allahu Akbar" - Allah is the greatest - but eventually both groups of police and demonstrators dwindled. The Palestinian Red Crescent reported around 100 people wounded.

The dispute erupted after Israel installed metal detectors, cameras and steel barriers at Muslim entrances to the Aqsa compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, following the July 14 killing of two Israeli policemen by Arab gunmen who had concealed weapons inside the walled plaza.

Since then, Palestinians have killed 48 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist in stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks Israeli targeting civilians and soldiers.

Israel had refused to remove the detectors, claiming the security measures were similar to procedures taken at other holy sites around the world. The decision to install the measures, seen as a unilateral step by Israel, angered the Muslim community in Jerusalem and the region. He called for the stoppage of systematic process of encroachment and Judaization, which seeks to obliterate and alter the features of the Holy City, which is a violation of the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and the United Nations, as Israel is not concerned about any serious repercussions that may result from the continuation of these illegal policies. It is Islam's third-holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

But any hopes of quelling the growing tension with Jordan were soon dashed.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks as he visits a settlement construction site in Har Homa, east Jerusalem, March 16, 2015. As one woman told the paper, "They don't really need a reason to stab Jews". Israeli police threw stun grenades and smoke grenades to disperse the crowds; Muslim worshippers hurled water bottles and stones in response.

Seven-hundred years of peace among the three Abrahamic religions' members shatters again with another step that serves Israeli ambitions to occupy the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound following nearly 70 years of ongoing occupation.The Palestinian youth who attacked and killed two Israeli police on July 14 before Friday prayer was followed by Israeli security forces killing three Palestinian civilian youth in the compound due to their alleged involvement to the attack.

Israeli police confirmed that age restrictions and other measures set earlier in wake of security assessments warning of Palestinian violence have been lifted.

Similar "lone wolf" attacks have happened infrequently in the previous year.

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