Arab League Secretary-General condemns Israel's violent escalation in East Jerusalem
- Author: Joey Payne Jul 20, 2017,
Jul 20, 2017, 0:51
Crowds chanted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) as a number of initial visitors entered occupied Jerusalem's Haram Al-Sharif compound on Sunday when the Holy mosque was re-opened after it was closed on Friday.
"The entire world should know that Israel, as the occupying power, does not have any lawful authority over Jerusalem and its Muslim and Christian holy places", the prime minister said. Dozens of worshippers have prayed on the streets near the gate after refusing to enter via the metal detectors.
Former police chiefs, quoted in the media reports, have warned that efforts to ensure such a large gathering passes through the metals detectors would trigger major unrest.
During that incident, two Israeli security officers were killed in an alleged attack by three Palestinians who were killed by Israeli police following the violence.
The violence began after metal detectors were installed at the gates of the religious site, which is known to Muslims as the "Noble Sanctuary". Typically, tens of thousands of worshippers pray at the compound every Friday.
Netanyahu spoke to Israeli security chiefs by phone on Wednesday.
The centers stressed that the measures violate the right to free movement and work and are also considered as racist as Israel allows the Jews to enter the compound but bans Palestinian residents of Jerusalem al-Quds from entering or opening their shops.
Safadi called for "fully and immediately reopening the holy site to worshippers without hindrances", the agency said. Netanyahu said Jordan wants to "end this as quietly as possible". "Get it into your heads that Jerusalem was the capital of the Jewish people and will remain the capital of the Jewish people for all eternity", she said. "It is only meant to prevent a repeat of an attack with weapons". One tried to stab a police officer, he said. They said Abbas and other "Arab political and religious leaders must now take concrete action to curb anti-Israel incitement". A few of the attacks had been carried out by Arab Israeli citizens. Two Israeli officers were also lightly injured in the scuffles, police said.
Israel claims both parts of the city as its "eternal and indivisible" capital, while the Palestinians see East Jerusalem the capital of their future state. It is adjacent to the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews are permitted to pray.
Muslims believe the hilltop compound marks the spot from which Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.