Abbas confirms halt to security coordination with Israel over Al Aqsa

Joy Montgomery
July 24, 2017

Over the phone, the two sides exchanged their evaluation of the situation, emphasizing the importance of stopping further escalation of the situation between Israeli Palestinians and the removal of all restrictions imposed by Israel on Muslims worshipping at Al-Aqsa.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that one protester had been shot and killed on Saturday evening.

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

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas canceled scheduled security coordination meetings between Israeli and Palestinian officials.

Israel made a decision to install the metal detectors at the entry point to the shrine in Beit-ul-Muqaddas on Sunday, after the killing of two Israeli security forces on July 14.

The statement went on to say, "They strongly condemn acts of terror, express their regret for all loss of innocent life caused by the violence and hope for a speedy recovery to the wounded".

After nightfall, a Palestinian sneaked into a home in the Israeli settlement of Halamish in the West Bank and stabbed to death three Israelis.

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Hamas praised his actions as "heroic" and spokesman Hussam Badran called for others to "continue the intifada against the occupation at all friction points in support of the Al-Aqsa mosque".

Aboul Gheit also called on the worldwide community, primarily the United States, to shoulder their responsibilities and compel the Israeli government to maintain the status quo of Jerusalem.

"It is astonishing that [the Department of ] State is parroting the false Palestinian narrative", said B'nai B'rith in its statement.

The Arab League yesterday accused Israel of "playing with fire" with new security measures at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site.

"We will spend $25 million supporting the Palestinians of Jerusalem", Abbas said. Despite the fact that magnetometers are used at other Islamic holy sites in the Arab world and in spite the growing risk factor as the frequency of violence increases, officials remain unbending in their rejection of the security devices for Jerusalem.

Jordan and Turkey, among Israel's few Muslim interlocutors, have urged the removal of the metal detectors.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday condemned the clashes in which Israeli forces killed three Palestinians.

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