Israel to demolish family home of alleged Palestinian attacker
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jul 25, 2017,
Jul 25, 2017, 11:30
After hundreds of Muslim worshippers defiantly held their evening prayers outside the Jerusalem holy site, resuming their protest against security measures Israel imposed after a deadly attack there, clashes unfolded with police firing tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held an emergency meeting in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Monday to discuss Israeli violations against Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque.
New security cameras were installed Sunday outside Lions' Gate, the main entrance to Temple Mount in Old Jerusalem.
The added security measures had been put in place by Israel following the deaths of two Israeli police officers in East Jerusalem June 14.
Israel Police said they are treating the incident as a nationalistic attack on an Israeli target.
Mr. Abbas ordered the suspension of all official contact with Israel until it removed the metal detectors at the site, where Muslims pray at Al-Aqsa mosque.
Known as the Temple Mount by Jews and Al Aqsa by Muslims, Israel provides security for the site, while the complex is managed by Jordan.
"I declare the suspension of all contacts with the Israeli side on all levels until it cancels its measures at Al-Aqsa mosque", Abbas said in a brief televised speech after meeting his aides, reported news agencies.
Three Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed in escalating violence over an Israeli security clampdown at Jerusalem's most contested shrine.
At least four Palestinians have been killed in clashes with Israeli forces since then, while three Israelis were also killed in an alleged stabbing attack inside their home in a settlement in the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli army's chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, said that rocket fire directed at Israel on Saturday "attests to the explosiveness of this period, both from Gaza and from the West Bank".
Sweden's Deputy U.N. Ambassador Carl Skau posted on Twitter after the meeting that Security Council members "agree on need for de-escalation, condemnation of violence and urgent dialogue to calm tensions in Jerusalem". "We need a security solution; not political or religious".