A day after the removal of metal detectors at the entries of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds (Jerusalem), the tensions has not subsided yet.
The authorities in Palestine asked their citizens and religious followers to remain outside the shrine to say their prayers still in protest against the new security measures.
The evening prayers on Tuesday, consequently, was performed in the streets proving the crisis to be more deeply-rooted than to be wiped off by a trivial change. It is reported that some surveillance cameras were removed along with the detectors, but there are still loads of cameras in the holy site observing the worshipers.
The worshipers restarted the clashes with Israeli security guards after the prayers. More than 7 have been reported killed during the recent 11-day crisis in Al-Quds. The tensions rose up for the first time after two Israeli guards and 3 Palestinian unarmed citizens were killed in the city. Claiming to be expanding security over the region, the Israelis closed all doors to the holy site except two. Both remaining entries were equipped with metal detectors conceived for the Israelis to be gain more control over the region.
Following the removal of the new security measures, Islamic Waqf issued a statement calling all the Palestinian protesters to continue the uprising adding “the boycott would continue pending a review of the situation in and around the mosques, and until Israel restored it to its previous status before the crisis began on July 14.” Waqf runs the daily affairs of the site for Muslims.
Palestinian Authority also postponed the suspension of the protests to the full removal of security equipment from the site. President Mahmoud Abbas, speaking at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah before a leadership meeting, also emphasized that any ties or contacts with the Israeli officials will remain in cessation until a full examination of the situation:
The suspension of ties and security coordination with Israel would also continue until Israel removed all additional security measures from the area and pending an examination of the situation.
The condition in Al-Quds is much beyond the significance of a metal detector. The Palestinians mean to reject any chance for the Israelis who use any excuse to expand their control over the region. As a Palestinian professor and expert in national security at Al-Quds University noted, “Al Aqsa is the last place left for people to express themselves religiously or politically.” Mr. Qaq truly referred to the gradual occupation of Palestine during the previous 70 years.
Surveillance cameras are reported to be a more advanced technology in controlling the Palestinians. Another all-out uprising may break out if the tensions will not ease in the coming days. The coming Friday, on which thousand will take part in the together Friday prayers ceremony, is expected to show the real face of the recent tensions.
The following article was published in RP Front.