This weekend, hundreds of British Palestinians protested in front of the Israeli embassy in London against Israel’s imposition of restrictive measures at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.
Organized by the Palestinian Forum in Britain, the demonstrators sought to attract attention to Israel’s so-called “aggression” in Jerusalem. Protesters held up signs saying “Save Al-Aqsa” and “Free Palestine,” while others shouted, “Israel is a terror state” and “Hands-off Al-Aqsa” and burned Israeli flags.
The protests came about after a fatal shooting took place in July in front of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. According to a report in The Times of Israel, “Deadly clashes have rocked Jerusalem since Israeli authorities installed metal detectors at entrances to the Temple Mount after a July 14 terror attack in which three armed Arab-Israelis emerged from the holy site and shot dead two police officers standing at the Lions Gate, an access point to the compound.”
Palestinians see the new security measures as an attempt by Israel to assert more control over the area, which they call the Haram al-Sharif (or Noble Sanctuary).
The area is considered to be the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam. “Israel says the detectors are necessary to prevent another incident in which illegal weapons are taken into the compound and turned against Israeli forces,” according to the report.
Another group of Palestinians also gathered to condemn Israel’s actions in Northern Ireland’s Londonderry city. Similar protests have been held in Jordan, Turkey and Malaysia.
Jerusalem al-Quds’ top Muslim cleric, Mohammed Hussein, has said that protests against Israel’s restrictions will continue until the devices are removed.
— Onlinemagazin (@OnlineMagazin) July 23, 2017
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