In mid-July, three terrorists opened fire on a group of policemen near the Temple Mount in the Old City, killing two Israeli police officers and injuring two more. Both killed were young Druze officers. The attackers had brought several guns to the Islamic holy site. The two attackers lost their lives during the attack. The Jerusalem Police Commander, along with the Public Security Minister, issued a directive barring Muslim and Jews from accessing the holy site. Security forces were on high alert across the country. When the Temple Mount was again open for visitors, the Muslim Waqf (Muslim religious authority) denied Muslim entry and joined with other Islamic groups to “boycott all Israeli aggression measures,” including placing metal detectors on the Temple Mount. (It is difficult to see how an improved security for all visitors would harm Muslim worshippers.)s always in any situation in the Holy City, the Waqf encouraged rioting. Thousands of Palestinians entered the site after a 12-day boycott. Some hurled stones at police, causing injuries.
As always in any situation in the Holy City, the Waqf encouraged rioting. Thousands of Palestinians entered the site after a 12-day boycott. Some hurled stones at police, causing injuries for 10 police officers and over one hundred Palestinians. As a result of days-long rioting, Israel agreed to remove the metal detectors, handing a victory to the Palestinians. Thankfully, Israel has ultimate control over the site and can limit access as needed.
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