Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian man in Bethlehem after alleged stabbing

Ken Copeland
July 21, 2017

In a move that is expected to exacerbate the tension, the Jordanian-run Islamic Waqf announced the closure of all mosques in eastern Jerusalem, forcing thousands of Muslims to join prayer protests in the streets.

It comes after Israeli authorities installed metal detectors at the site, after two border police officers were killed in an attack at the site last Friday.

Palestinians carry a model of the Al Aqsa Mosque compound during a protest against the metal detectors placed at the entrance to mosque, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Palestinian and Muslim religious leaders have urged worshippers not to enter the compound through the metal detectors, and hundreds have been holding prayers outside the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, with clashes occasionally breaking out.

At least 50 Palestinians and a police officer were injured after riots at the gates of Jerusalem's Temple Mount on Tuesday.

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The phone call came hours after the president also discussed the escalation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

He also said that these measures are a clear violation of worldwide human rights law. "While the families [of the killed officers] are still sitting and mourning, we can't let this just pass", he said. While the attackers were taken out by security forces, authorities shut down the compound, reopening the site to Muslims Sunday and to non-Muslims Monday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that he had chose to reopen the site with increased security measures but promised to "maintain the status-quo". It later annexed the city in 1980, claiming all of Jerusalem as the Jewish state's "eternal" capital - a move never recognized by the worldwide community.

For the third consecutive night, violent altercations broke out between Muslim worshipers and the police in Jerusalem's Old City. Areas [are] quiet and security measures continue. "This is a measure to prevent the use of weapons on the Temple Mount, something that happened for the first time". Now only individuals can enter through metal detectors which has sparked outrage in the Muslim community.

Netanyahu said Israel is in close contact with Jordan, the traditional Muslim custodian of the site, to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

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