Following the shooting attack that took the lives of two Israeli police officers last week, Israel's authorities decided on a set of security arrangements on the Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif, the holiest site to Judaism and the third holiest to Islam.
"For decades, there has been unceasing incitement against Israel, rife with false allegations about policies and actions in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount, from Palestinian and Israeli Arab religious and political leaders", Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL's CEO, and Carole Nuriel, the director of its Israel office, wrote in a joint statement.
The imam had just finished leading the night prayer when Israeli police attempted to disperse worshippers by force, leaving many injured, some seriously, Palestinian Red Crescent said. At 5:00 p.m., a protester threw a bottle of water at three passing Jewish women. Dozens of worshippers have prayed on the streets near the gate after refusing to enter via the metal detectors.
More than 300 Palestinians have been killed in alleged attacks on Israelis or in clashes with Israeli forces since October 2015, according to Palestinian figures.
However, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat stated on Facebook that the decision to place metal detectors at the site was "the right decision [and] necessary to prevent further terrorist activities".
A Palestinian carried out a car-ramming attack near the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, lightly wounding two Israeli soldiers before being shot dead, officials said.
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In its reaction, President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party on Tuesday called for a "Day of Rage" as 50 Palestinians were wounded in overnight clashes near a Jerusalem site.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone Wednesday with Israel's security chiefs as tensions mounted over a contested Jerusalem shrine where Muslims called for mass protests.
Abdel Qader said there are also direct contacts between the Israeli and Jordanian governments on the same issue. 'I assume that with time they will understand that this is not bad, ' he told Army Radio.
The US was "very concerned" about the tension surrounding the Temple Mount, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.
"From here, the Israeli Knesset, I strengthen PM Netanyahu and am convinced he will stand strong, not give in or cave to the worldwide pressure to cancel Israel's security needs on the Temple Mount", Bennett added.
So Israel reinstalled the metal detectors.