Palestinian president suspects contacts with Israel

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 22, 2017

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced the freezing of relations with Israel at all levels.

Muslims said they would not pray at the mosque until the metal detectors were removed.

At least 3,000 Israeli police and border police units had been deployed to the area, according to a police spokesman.

The site in Jerusalem's Old City that includes the revered Al-Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock has been a focal point for Palestinians. "Security coordination is a Palestinian interest before it is in Israel's interest", COGAT said, referring to PA-Israeli collaboration.

Three Palestinians between the ages of 17 and 20 were shot dead.

Israeli authorities last week canceled weekly Friday prayers for the first time in almost five decades, following a shootout that left three Palestinians and two Israeli policemen dead.

Later Friday three Israelis were stabbed to death in the West Bank by a 19-year-old Palestinian terrorist who said he was acting over anger over the Temple Mount. He was taken to hospital, but his condition was unclear.

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that 450 people were wounded in Jerusalem and the West Bank throughout the day, including 170 from live or rubber bullets.

Abbas said the move allowed for greater dialogue with Hamas, calling for a national reconciliation with the Islamist ruling party in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke with USA counterpart Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, urging the White House to intervene, the Palestinians' official Wafa news agency reported.

Although Israel and Jordan have agreed to form a joint committee, with the participation of the Jerusalem Endowments Department, to make arrangements to end the dispute, the Israeli authorities insisted on sticking to their punitive measures and the Palestinians responded with protests under the slogan "Day of Rage to Protect the Aqsa".

Mosque officials have called on worshippers to boycott the new security barriers, calling them a restriction on the freedom of worship.

Since installing the metal detectors, Muslims have boycotted prayer on the site in fear of the changing status quo. Thousands of believers refused to ascend the temple mount through the metal detector, spread out prayer mats in the streets and began to pray.

The Israeli army says the attacker was shot and caught. The three Arab Israeli men (all named Muhammad Jabarin) walked from the Temple Mount complex to the Lion's Gate and opened fire on a group of police officers, killing two of them and critically injuring a third.

Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian official, described the placement of metal detectors, as well as security cameras, at the entrances to the Al Aqsa mosque compound as "a flagrant violation of the rights and freedoms of Palestinian Muslim worshippers".

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