Heavy clashes again erupt outside Temple Mount

Israeli police clash with Palestinian protesters in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi el Joz, outside Jerusalem's Old City, following Friday prayers on July 21, 2017.

The faithful complied. Thousands flocked to the Old City each day this week for street prayers, kneeling on mats spread on cobblestone and asphalt.

Shortly afterwards, it emerged that three Israelis had been stabbed to death at a settlement in the West Bank. They were all members of the same family - two men aged 60 and 40 and a woman of 40.

"Such intrusive and dehumanizing practices", she said in a statement, "aim to provide Israel with carte blanche to exercise security control over the holy sites of Jerusalem".

Anger has spilled over across the West Bank since last week when Israel shut the Al-Aqsa Mosque, revered by both Muslims and Jews, who call it Temple Mount, following a deadly shootout.

Clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians broke out after the recent implementation of new Israeli security measures.

The metal detectors are perceived by the Palestinians as an encroachment on Muslim rights and portrayed by Israel as a needed security measure following an attack that killed two Israeli policemen.

"We will spend $25 million supporting the Palestinians of Jerusalem", Abbas said.

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The Palestinian charge that Israel is hampering Muslim access to the Temple Mount is contradicted by facts on the ground.

"Jerusalem is a red line", Ahmed Abu Al Gheit said, adding that "no Arab or Muslim will accept violations" against Jerusalem's holy sites.

Since Israel captured the Old City it has remained committed to that formula.

Israeli police said the weapons were smuggled into the holy site which was then used as the launchpad for the attack.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War.

The hilltop compound has always been a source of religious friction.

Israelis must "desist [from] imposing restrictive measures, which are part of a much broader policy that Israel has been pursuing for many years now of consolidating its control over al-Aqsa compound in violation of the global law", the lawyer said. Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East, appealed for calm and the White House called for a resolution.

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