PA, Waqf reject “smart cameras” at Temple Mount, demand Israel remove all new security measures

Following removal of metal detectors, Waqf and PA demand Israel remove all new security measures, including smart cameras; Abbas: All new Israeli measures put in place since July 14 must be removed so things can go back to normal in Jerusalem and we can resume our work regarding bilateral relations.

Abbas addresses the Arab League Tuesday (Reuters)

 

The Waqf and Palestinian Authority have rejected “smart cameras” at the Lion’s Gate entrance to the Temple Mount on Tuesday, calling on Israel to remove all new security implemented since the terror attacks over two weeks ago.

Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas called on Israel to remove all “new Israeli measures” set in place after the terrorist attack near the Temple Mount on July 14th. He stated Tuesday after the metal detectors were removed “All new Israeli measures put in place since July 14 must be removed so things can go back to normal in Jerusalem and we can resume our work regarding bilateral relations.”

Abbas also warned that security coordination with Israel would remain frozen until all new security is removed, stating from Ramallah Tuesday evening “If the situation does not return to what it was before July 14 in Jerusalem then there will be no changes.”

Late Monday, Israel’s Security Cabinet decided to remove the metal detectors immediately, announcing that “smart cameras” would be used. The Security Cabinet stated that it adheres to the “recommendation of all of the security bodies to incorporate security measures based on advanced technologies (‘smart checks’) and other measures instead of metal detectors in order to ensure the security of visitors and worshippers in the Old City and on the Temple Mount”.

Muslim worshippers however again refused to enter the Temple Mount, continuing protests by praying outside. Following a meeting of senior members of the Waqf, it announced Tuesday that it would enter the Temple Mount only “once all manifestations of aggression by the Zionist occupation are removed and the situation return.”