Two Palestinians reported killed in riots over Temple Mount metal detectors

Israeli police and Palestinians clash in eastern Jerusalem, July 21, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Israeli police and Palestinians clash in eastern Jerusalem, July 21, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Israeli police and Palestinians clash in eastern Jerusalem, July 21, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

(JTA) – Two Palestinians were killed in clashes between rioters and police in Jerusalem over the Israeli government’s decision to keep in place indefinitely metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount, the Palestinian media reported.

Thousands of Israeli soldiers and troops were deployed in eastern Jerusalem following riots Thursday, which resumed Friday afternoon, Israel’s Channel 2 reported. Six police officers and an unknown number of rioters were injured Friday outside the Old City of Jerusalem, a spokesman for the Israel Police reportedly told the Palestinian Maan news agency. The police said they were not immediately aware of fatalities in clashes. [Read more…]

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Police close Temple Mount to Jewish visitors

A group of Jewish worshippers at the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem, Nov. 7, 2016. (Sebi Berens/Flash90)
A group of Jewish worshippers at the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem, Nov. 7, 2016. (Sebi Berens/Flash90)

A group of Jewish worshippers at the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem, Nov. 7, 2016. (Sebi Berens/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Police closed the Temple Mount to Jewish visitors after a group of Jews began praying at the site in violation of the rules of the site.

Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy ordered the closure on Wednesday over the Jewish group’s “violating the rules of conduct that apply to the holy site,” according to Israel Police. [Read more…]

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Abbas’ Fatah party calls for ‘day of rage’ following Temple Mount clashes

Israeli Police trying to clear Muslim worshippers from the area of the Lions’ Gate after they performed their noon prayers outside the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 17, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Israeli Police trying to clear Muslim worshippers from the area of the Lions’ Gate after they performed their noon prayers outside the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 17, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Israeli Police trying to clear Muslim worshippers from the area of the Lions’ Gate after they performed their noon prayers outside the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 17, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

(JTA) – The party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for a “day of rage” in eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank to protest new security measures at the Temple Mount.

The call on Tuesday by Fatah for a day of rage on Wednesday followed a night in which Muslims protesting the installation of metal detectors on the Temple Mount clashed with Israeli security forces. About 50 Muslim protesters and one Israeli officer were hurt in the violent protests in eastern Jerusalem. [Read more…]

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Pence restates Trump pledge to move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaks at the Christians United for Israel conference in Washington, D.C., July 17, 2017. (CUFI)
U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaks at the Christians United for Israel conference in Washington, D.C., July 17, 2017. (CUFI)

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaks at the Christians United for Israel conference in Washington, D.C., July 17, 2017. (CUFI)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence again pledged that the Trump administration would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

On Monday night, Pence made the vow to Christian supporters of Israel who have become increasingly restive at President Donald Trump’s failure to make good on his campaign promise. [Read more…]

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Temple Mount reopens to Jewish visitors

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Temple Mount was reopened to Jewish visitors three days after being closed following a terror attack that killed two police officers.

Both Jewish visitors and tourists were allowed on the holy site Monday, a day after two of the nine entrances reopened to Muslim worshippers with metal detectors and security cameras installed. The Mughrabi Gate entrance for Jews and tourists already had metal detectors in place.  [Read more…]

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Why dividing Jerusalem in a peace deal just got harder

Jewish boys waving the Israeli flag in front of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem as part of celebrations for Jerusalem Day, June 5, 2016. (Zack Wajsgras/Flash90)
Jewish boys waving the Israeli flag in front of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem as part of celebrations for Jerusalem Day, June 5, 2016. (Zack Wajsgras/Flash90)

JJewish boys waving the Israeli flag in front of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem as part of celebrations for Jerusalem Day, June 5, 2016. (Zack Wajsgras/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli ministers approved a bill that would make it difficult to divide Jerusalem in a peace deal.

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved an amendment to the Basic Law that would require a two-thirds majority of at least 80 Knesset members to pass a decision to cede land in Jerusalem. The current law requires a simple majority of 61 lawmakers to approve the transfer of sovereign control of any part of the city, including as part of an Israel-Palestinian peace deal. [Read more…]

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Temple Mount partially reopens two days after attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Temple Mount partially reopened Sunday, with new metal detectors installed at the entrances used by Muslims.

Prior to Sunday, metal detectors were only stationed at the entrance for non-Muslim visitors.

Two of the nine entrances to the site holy to both Muslims and Jews were reopened at about noon on Sunday, two days after three Arab-Israeli visitors to the site opened fire on Israel Police guarding the area, killing two Druze-Arab Israel Police officers. [Read more…]

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Two Israeli police officers killed in Jerusalem terrorist attack

(JTA) – Two Israeli police officers were killed and another one was injured by Arab Israelis of Palestinian origin who opened fire on security forces in Jerusalem’s Old City.

At least three armed terrorists were killed in a gunfight with security forces on Friday at the Lions’ Gate, which is situated directly northeast of the Temple Mount compound, the Israeli Broadcasting Corp., or IBC, reported. [Read more…]

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