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Muslims Maintain Temple Mount Boycott After Metal Detectors Removed

Since the murder of two policemen on the Temple Mount earlier this month, Israel has increased security measures at the holy site, including the installation of metal detectors - a measure that led Muslim leaders to call for a boycott. The Times of Israel's Raoul Wootliff reports that despite Israel agreeing to remove the detectors, Muslims are still boycotting the site:

The Waqf Islamic trust, which administers the site, said a decision to continue the boycott was pending a review of the new Israeli security arrangements there.

Ikrema Sabri, the head of the Supreme Islamic Committee in the city, said such a review might be completed later on Tuesday.

Muslim worshipers have stayed away from the sacred compound since Israel installed metal detectors there last week. Instead, they performed mass prayer protests outside the shrine, many of which devolved into clashes with Israeli security forces.

Earlier Tuesday, Israel’s security cabinet said it would replace the metal detectors with “advanced technologies,” referring reportedly to cameras that can detect hidden objects, but said the process could take up to six months.

Sabri told The Associated Press that “our position is that for now, nobody should enter” the shrine.

A Waqf official told The Times of Israel that it was continuing the boycott of the Temple Mount until all security measures added after the attack are removed...

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