Israel removes flashpoint metal detectors at Jerusalem holy site

Israel has removed metal detectors from outside a holy site in East Jerusalem after uproar from Palestinians over their recent introduction.

It said it plans to replace them with less obtrusive surveillance.

However Muslim leaders have called on worshippers to continue boycotting the sacred compound for now.

There were deadly clashes after the metal detectors were set up, which Palestinians saw as an Israeli attempt to assert control over the site.

Israel said they were necessary to prevent weapons being smuggled in.

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  • deplorabledave

    “It said it plans to replace them with less obtrusive surveillance.”

    Exactly what I was thinking when I saw the headline.

    • One hopes.

    • Hard Little Machine

      So now they will have situational awareness of the thing that kills them. Hooray.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      In other words, high resolution mini-cameras.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Tear down the mosque and the dome of the rock, rebuild the Jewish Temple, annex all of the West Bank, kick out all Muslims and Palestinians.
    Maybe you will have peace in a few generations, but the way things are going now, you will never have it.

    • Reader

      I agree. When the Jordanians invaded and seized Jerusalem in 1948-1949, the first thing they did was to tear down 34 of 35 synagogues in the territory they occupied.

      Jerusalem in not mentioned in the Koran so obviously it is not religiously significant in any way to Islam. It is only of political importance to them.

  • simus1

    Distractions.
    When you need to kill a snake strike the head.
    It should be called the “Emperor Barry doctrine” to underline that even if the wait via attrition for a sensible snake to show up and take charge on the renegade muslim side may be a very long one, there are compensations.

  • Alain

    So once again the Arabs get rewarded for their riots and violence. The result will be an increase in this behaviour every time Israel does not submit to their demands.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Until the Arabs go over the top as they always do and the political pressure for Netanyahu and the military to act decisively becomes too great to excuse away.

  • Liberal Progressive

    Metal detectors are Islamophobic as they prevent them from practicing their religion and using their mosques as they have been for 14 centuries.

    • John Boy

      As in using scimitars for the chopping off of limbs and heads and mosques for storing weapons!

  • Nic

    VERY BAD MOVE!!!
    Israeli Arab/Palestinian/Jordanian provoctions will INCREASE, when you back off they always take it to the next level.

    • Oracle9

      There were MKs who voted against the appeasement, branded by media as far-right, as usual.

  • andycanuck

    Ground Zero.

  • A Hamilton Guy

    Have engineers plan and place explosives devices strategically within the structure. Make sure every one is safe, except maybe a muzzie or two, then detonate.

  • Bless his heart

    Israelis did not take the Temple Mount mosques and land held by Muslims when they took Jerusalem because they did not want to shed blood on that holy Temple ground.
    Now they must be ready to consecrate that holy ground with much blood as they defend it from Muslims with automatic weapons smuggled in.

    Also they must consider the decisions in the UN giving long term religious sites of others to Muslims or designating them Muslim holy sites.
    By that reasoning the mosques and Muslim buildings should all be removed from a Jewish site.

    Just use their logic against them.

    This site is mainly important in Islam because it causes trouble against Jews and others. Otherwise it has little meaning in Islam, so I have read.

    The troubles will continue so long as Islam follows Sharia Law.