Israel to replace metal detectors with new security measure at Jerusalem mosque

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Jerusalem Holy SiteIsraeli border police officers stand guard as Palestinian women gather for prayer outside the Lion’s Gate following an appeal from clerics to pray in the streets instead of the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, in Jerusalem’s Old City, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

The UN Security Council will hold talks Monday about a new wave of deadly Israeli-Palestinian unrest. Sweden, France, and Egypt called for the United Nations to try to resolve the standoff. It began when Israel placed metal detectors at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque compound.

CGTN’s Stephanie Freid reports.

They were finishing dinner when the Palestinian attacker came in through a window and went on a rampage, knifing three family members to death. Hours earlier the 19-year-old posted on Facebook, calling for resistance against events unfolding at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque compound. Hours before that, three Palestinians were killed in violent clashes with Israeli police – clashes that erupted after Friday prayers

Tensions and violent confrontations between Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem and beyond have been ongoing for nearly a week as Muslim worshippers protest Israel’s placement of metal detectors inside Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque compound – Islam’s third holiest site.

Israel erected the screening devices after two policemen were shot dead by Arab assailants in the mosque vicinity. The United States, the UN, Jordan, Turkey and beyond are calling on Israel to dismantle the devices.  On Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced he is freezing contact and cooperation with Israel until the situation is resolved.

“I declare on behalf of the Palestinian leadership the suspension of all contacts with the occupation state (Israel) on all levels until Israel cancels its measures against our Palestinian nation in general and against Jerusalem and at Al-Aqsa mosque in specific,” said Abbas.

On Saturday, the Israeli government began dismantling the metal detectors. They’re reportedly planning to put up turn-style security systems monitored by closed circuit television at mosque entrances instead. Local reports say it’s not certain whether this was coordinated with Palestinian authorities.