Temple Mount

Metal Detectors Removed from Controversial Holy Site in Jerusalem

Temple Mount
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Conflict over site still continues between Jews and Muslims.

The Israeli government decided to remove metal detectors at one of the most holy sites in Jerusalem, only days after putting them up.

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The metal detectors were placed at the Temple Mount, the holiest site for Judaism. The site is controversial because it is also known as Haram al-Sharif to Muslims, and is their third most holy site.

An uneasy truce has existed for the last 60 years. Located in East Jerusalem, it is controlled by Israel who is also in charge of the area’s security. A Muslim trust called a Waqf, controls the site itself.

The metal detectors were put up as a response to the killing of two Israeli police officers on July 14th near the site. Muslims argued the new measures were trying to increase control. Violence over the placement led to battles between police and Palestinians, with four Palestinians dead and three Israelis stabbed by a Palestinian.

The metal detectors were possibly lifted in a deal with Jordan, after a member of the Israel Embassy killed a Jordanian and the entire staff secluded themselves for fear of violence. It is assumed that the safe return of the Embassy staff was negotiated for the elimination of the metal detectors. Jordan funds the Waqf.

Israel stated they will replace the security devices with “smart measures” and technology, including facial recognition.

Muslims vow to continue the boycott until Israel decreases any proposed security measures.


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