Clashes between worshippers, Israeli police outside Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque

Clashes between worshippers, Israeli police outside Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque

Clashes between worshippers, Israeli police outside Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque

Israel installed the metal detectors after Friday's attack near the holy site that saw three 1948 Palestinians open fire on Israeli police.

In addition, the more insidious allegation that Israel seeks to obliterate all vestiges of Muslim existence in and around the Temple Mount - known to the Islamic world as Haram Al-Sharif - through a process the Arab nations are calling the "Judaization" of Jerusalem, is being aggressively hammered away to anyone who will listen.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Cabinet expressed its concern regarding the closure of the holy site at a session on Monday.

"Such an act is a risky development that would further complicate the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, especially as this is the first of its kind in the history of the occupation", it added.

Although the mosque reopened on Sunday, Netanyahu ordered the installation of metal detectors at two of the mosque's entrances.

He added that Muslims would not accept less than entering the mosque with dignity.

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The Waqf, Jordan's Islamic authority that manages religious affairs at the site, was outraged over the metal detectors.

"By refusing to enter through the metal detectors we will show we reject any measure by the occupation authority, which has no right to change the status quo".

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Sheikh Hussein called on all Palestinians to boycott those procedures and preferred that Muslims pray in the streets and corridors of Jerusalem rather than to enter Al-Aqsa in a humiliating way.

On Monday, the mosque's compound was seen empty with only tourists roaming the premises.

Israel opened Temple Mount to worshippers on Sunday, but Muslims upset with the security measures conducted prayers outside its gates for two days, reported the Jerusalem Post.

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