Bangladesh slams Israeli ban on Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 27, 2017

Palestinians claimed Israel was trying to expand its control over the site.

The mosque was reopened after two days, with Israel installing metal detectors and cameras at its gates.

The battle against the metal detectors, installed by Israel after two of its police officers were fatally shot on the Temple Mount a fortnight ago, had become the rallying cry of Palestinian radicals.

The Palestinian protests turned into clashes in which one man was shot dead on Friday.

Nelson Mandela's grandson and member of Parliament Mandla Mandela has said government should revoke visas for an Israeli delegation expected to visit South Africa in August.

The development raises concerns there could be another day of mass demonstrations and possibly clashes with Israeli security forces.

Abdel Azim Salhab, of the Waqf, Jordan's religious body that administers the site, said "We call on Imams to close all mosques in Jerusalem Friday in order for all worshippers to pray Friday prayer in Al-Aqsa mosque only".

The heated war of words broke out on Tuesday, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Muslims to go to Jerusalem to support their brothers in faith and protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque - the third holiest site after Mecca and Medina - from Israeli actions.

Most Muslims have avoided entering the compound in the past two weeks, praying instead in the streets.

Today we stand to salute the courageous and fearless Palestinian people who are facing the brutal might of the Israeli army to defend Masjidul Aqsa with their bare hands. After all, the perpetrators of the July 14th attack came directly from the Temple Mount with weapons they had smuggled there that same morning.

Security measures implemented by Israel at the Temple Mount after the recent terrorist attack there in which two policemen were killed are not a "political issue", but rather are about "saving people's lives", the Jewish state's deputy foreign minister said in a BBC interview this week.

Jordan also is Muslim custodian of the Jerusalem shrine, and the sequence of events — return of the embassy staff followed by the removal of the metal detectors — suggested a broader deal had been struck.

It was not immediately clear whether Muslim authorities would now give their approval to re-enter the site.

The compound encompasses the revered Al-Aqsa mosque and the golden-topped Dome of the Rock.

The argument then was never about the metal detectors: the argument was always and still is about sovereignty. Earlier this week, Israel removed metal detectors there.

Netanyahu announced the removal of the metal detectors after a Wednesday phone conversation with Jordanian ruler King Abdullah II. This is the response to everyone who wants to harm our holy sites.

Israel has removed an overhead metal bridge and the railings it had recently installed near a contested Jerusalem holy site, meeting a demand by Muslim protesters and causing thousands of Palestinians to celebrate in the streets.

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