Israel Removes Security Apparatuses from Al Aqsa to Ease Tension

Musims praying in East Jerusalem Photo Al Jazeera Youtube video
Musims praying in East Jerusalem Photo Al Jazeera Youtube video

Israel’s security initiatives in East Jerusalem has been of much controversy. Islamic Waqf, however, gave go ahead for prayers at Al Aqsa after Israel removes the security apparatuses from the holy sites in Jerusalem. They regard this Israeli u-turn as a victory.

East Jerusalem has been flaring in protests and violence for last two weeks. Israel sealed off the Al Aqsa mosque on 14 July, Friday after two Israeli police officers were killed in an assault that created a new saga of turbulence. Israel later reopened the holy sites but put some security apparatus in action.

Israel installed security cameras at the holy sites which triggered fear among the Arab countries and the Palestinians that Israel  plans to exert unilateral control over the holy sites in Jerusalem.

Earlier, Israel placed metal detectors at the Lion’s Gate. It sparked massive outcry in Palestine and other Arab countries. After almost a week of violence, the newly placed cameras at the entrance of the holy sites triggered larger protests that left four Palestinians dead.

The Arabs and Palestinians didn’t like the Israeli security actions. They took it as an Israeli plan to seize control of the holy sites from the Islamic Waqf of Jordan who are in charge of the holy sites in East Jerusalem.

Protest continued for days. The worshippers prayed consecutive two Friday prayers on the street instead of Al Aqsa. They protested Israeli decision on the street and chaos continued.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told in a press conference after the Israeli u-turn, “The prayers will happen, God willing, inside the al-Aqsa mosque.”

Israeli authority removed metal detectors but that couldn’t appease the angry Palestinians who demanded to remove all the security apparatus from Al Aqsa compound including security cameras.

Large protest was expected tomorrow on Friday as Muslims refused to enter the mosque unless their demands met. Israel has finally removed all the security apparatuses from Al Aqsa entrance that apparently ends two weeks long turbulence.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told in a press conference after the Israeli u-turn, “The prayers will happen, God willing, inside the al-Aqsa mosque.”

Islamic Waqf, who are in charge of holy sites in Jerusalem, regarded Israeli u-turn as a victory. Abdel-Azeem Salhab, an elder Waqf official said, “We will be able to offer prayers inside the compound.”

He said, “The Israeli occupation forces have been trying for decades to violate al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Now, you are living in the new era of victory. We totally appreciate the masses who have been gathering.”


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