The metal detectors were part of increased security measures after the Muslim attackers had stashed their weapons on the Temple Mount and emerged armed from the holy site to open fire on the officers.
al-Araby What’s more, on Sunday, Israel also installed new security cameras at the entrance to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, as officials said they were considering installing facial recognition software.
“They (metal detectors) will remain. The murderers will never tell us how to search the murderers,” Tzachi Hanegbi, Israeli minister for regional development, told Army Radio. “If they (Palestinians) do not want to enter the mosque, then let them not enter the mosque.”
Israel unilaterally imposed the new security measures after a gun and knife attack killed two Israeli policemen on 14 July, a move seen as challenging the delicate status quo of the holy site. The Israeli policemen were Druze, not Jews. Druze are very loyal Israeli citizens who serve in the IDF with honor.
Palestinians in Jerusalem mobilised en-masse against the metal detectors, boycotting entry to the al-Aqsa mosque and praying instead in surrounding city streets.
Gilad Erdan, Israel’s public security minister said on Sunday that Israel may eventually remove the metal detectors subject to alternative arrangements, which are still under review. Such measures could include reinforcing Israeli police numbers at the entrances to the holy site and introducing CCTV cameras with facial-recognition technologies.
Below photo shows Muslims lifting their asses to allah in front of the metal detectors.
Islamic authorities that oversee the site, including the Mufti of Jerusalem, said they would continue to reject any new Israeli-imposed security arrangements.
Since Friday, five Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces across Jerusalem and the West Bank in some of the worst street violence in years. Three Israeli settlers were also stabbed to death in a settlement north of Ramallah.
UPDATE: Unbelievably Israel caves to intenational pressure to take down the metal detectors.