Israeli PM holds talks on security at Jerusalem site

Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan during a protest against metal detectors that Israel has installed at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem in Gaza City Thursday

Israel initially closed the mosque after the Friday attack and reopened it Sunday with the new security measures.

Tensions have soared since Friday.

At least 50 Palestinians were injured in overnight clashes on Monday with Israeli police who remained at the sacred site, known as the Temple Mount to Jews and al-Haram al-Sharif or the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims.

The Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements have also called for protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the new security measures, which include metal detectors and turnstiles at the entrance to the site.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Sheikh Hussein called on all Palestinians to boycott those procedures and preferred that Muslims pray in the streets and corridors of Jerusalem rather than to enter Al-Aqsa in a humiliating way. Israel's Shin Bet security service, which closely monitors Palestinian society, reportedly opposes the metal detectors as counterproductive, while police support the new measures.

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The Jerusalem shrine has been the scene of repeated confrontations but Friday's brazen shooting was rare because it took place inside the compound and also because the attackers were from Israel's Arab minority.

Other Palestinian Authority spokesmen condemned the Israeli "fierce and organized attack against Jerusalem Arabs".

Israeli police in Jerusalem's Old City.

During two separate meetings with ambassadors of the European Union and Asian countries to Jordan, the minister stressed that ending tension that would trigger a crisis is in the "hands of Israel", which should immediately open the Al-Aqsa mosque without any hindrances.

Conflicts over the walled holy site, revered by Muslims and Jews, have repeatedly triggered Israeli-Palestinian confrontations. The mosque is Islam's third holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

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The occupied lands have witnessed tensions ever since Israeli forces imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into al-Aqsa Mosque compound two years ago. A dispute over metal detectors.

When the al-Aqsa compound reopened, metal detectors had been installed, which angered Muslim religious authorities. Under the status quo agreement, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged late on Saturday to continue to uphold, Jews are allowed to enter the compound under close supervision, but only Muslims are permitted to worship there.

Palestinians rejected the Israeli insistence that the metal detectors were required in light of the ongoing violence and use of fire arms. He said that security measures of this kind are commonplace in the world.

Israeli authorities are "inflating this situation", he said.

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