Saturday, July 22, 2017

Fragile Calm Falls Over Jerusalem After Day of Violence Over Temple Mount – but Will It Hold?

Nir Hasson, Haaretz; see also.

Image from article, with caption: Israeli security forces arrest Palestinian men following clashes outside Jerusalem's Old city July 21, 2017.

Three Palestinians were killed in widespread violence around Jerusalem. Despite the police's relative successes in quelling violence, it could start anew


Thousands of people participated in protests and clashes with Israeli police around the Old City following the end of the afternoon Muslim prayer on Friday. Protests of such magnitudes and scope have not been seen in the city since the summer of 2014 . ...

Minutes before Friday's prayer, the police allowed Muslim worshipers to enter the Temple Mount through the Cotton Merchants' Gate, one of the gates that opens up from the Muslim Quarter, without the metal detectors that started this current storm. The police are leading a large public diplomacy campaign with the Arab public to prove that it is the Muslim authorities that are breaking the rules on the Temple Mount. From time to time, it sends out photos of prayers at the site. Palestinians who noticed they were being filmed backtracked and then refused to enter. It turns out, that when there's a will there's a way to allow Muslims to worship at the site without metal detectors.

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