Christian leaders condemn violence at Jerusalem's Temple Mount

Randall Craig
July 21, 2017

The clashes erupted on Tuesday after Israeli troops fired teargas at demonstrators who had gathered outside the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in protest to the Tel Aviv regime's restrictive measures imposed on the holy Muslim site.

Palestinian news agency WAFA said that during the phone call, Abbas asked Erdogan to request the put pressure on Israel, so that it backs down from its latest restriction on Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Clashes also broke out on Tuesday evening after Israeli security forces used sound bombs and rubber bullets to disperse a crowd of worshippers near Lion's gate in occupied Jerusalem after evening prayers.

According to WAFA, Abbas has made several contacts with world powers to discuss the ongoing Jerusalem tension.

Israel began installing security cameras on the Temple Mount on Wednesday, despite the loud objections of Jordan and the Waqf who don't want any physical security measures installed at the holy site, according to a report on Channel 10.

On July 14, two Israeli police officers died and a third was wounded after three armed assailants opened fire at the Temple Mount complex.

The New York Times quoted Sheikh Muhammed Hussein, the grand mufti of Jerusalem, as saying "we insist on reaching Al Aqsa Mosque and performing prayers there".

Many Muslims have been traveling to Jerusalem from Israel's peripheral regions ahead of Friday's protests, Yedioth Ahronoth reported. This drew a new wave of protests and criticism, with Turkish government going as far as describing the measures as "a crime against humanity, a crime committed against the freedom of religion".

Israeli authorities reopened the compound to Muslims on Sunday, and non-Muslims on Monday, but with extra security measures, such as metal detectors. Each summer, Hamas holds terror training camps for kids of all ages, while the P.A. encourages its youth to carry out rock and firebomb attacks, stabbings, drive-by shootings and vehicle ramming against Israelis, both security forces and civilians.

It also followed a decision earlier Wednesday by Jerusalem Police Chief Yoram Halevi to close the Mount to Jews after expelling a group of yeshiva students for violating visitation regulations at the site. The bishops said they mourned for those killed and deplored "the heightened tensions that such an attack can span".

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