Clashes Erupt in Jerusalem amid Temple Mount Unrest

The Fellowship  |  July 17, 2017

Palestinians refuse Israeli searches to enter Al-Aqsa
JERUSALEM - JULY 17: Israeli police detains a Palestinian as Palestinians perform night prayer in front of the new security metal detectors, outside one of the main entrances to the Al-Aqsa mosque, refusing to enter because of the detectors installed by Israel as the holy site re-opened for the first time on Sunday since a two-day closure following a deadly shootout in Jerusalem on July 16, 2017. (Photo by Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

As Stand for Israel reported earlier today, Israel has placed additional security measures at the Temple Mount, added after Friday’s terror attack that left two police officers dead. Now, The Times of Israel reports that Palestinian protesters are creating chaos at the holy site, angered at the metal detectors and police presence:

Dozens of Muslims protesters clashed with police outside of Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday amid continued tensions over new security measures put in place at the entrance to the Temple Mount after a recent terror attack there.

During the scuffles near Lions Gate, police officers called to the scene to disperse protesters blocking a road adjacent to the Old City were attacked with rocks and other objects, police said…

As part of the security measures taken in the wake of the shooting, police installed metal detectors at the entrance to the site, which Jerusalem police commissioner Yoram Halevi said were necessary for it to reopen.

The placement of the metal detectors has been met with outrage by the Muslim religious authority charged with managing the Temple Mount. Muslims have held prayers outside the metal detectors to protest their placement at the gates.

Along with other Islamic groups, the Waqf trust, which administers the site, on Monday called on Muslims “to reject and boycott all the Israeli aggression measures, including changing the historical status quo including imposing the metal detectors…”