Although no cameras will be installed inside the Al-Aqsa mosque, live-streaming footage from a CCTV grid across the holy site will be monitored by both Israeli & Jordanian officials, to help maintain order on the Temple Mount, says a Jerusalem official.
By Shlomo Cesana
Israel and Jordan agreed over the weekend to install surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount, which would enable both parties to monitor security incidents at the Jerusalem holy site. The closed-circuit TV grid is expected to become operational before the Passover holiday, in mid-April.
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Temple Mount – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
Israel considers the move an achievement, as according to one senior Jerusalem source, it would enable Israel to monitor and document Muslim rioters.
The deadlock on the installation of the cameras, which were originally intended to be fitted within days after the agreement, has led Israeli officials & Western diplomats to believe that violence could flare up on the Temple Mount during the upcoming (Passover) Jewish holidays.
The installation of security cameras on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, as part of measures agreed on between Israel and Jordan to try and deescalate tensions over the holy site has still not occurred, over three months after the agreement was reached.
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An Israeli policeman walks in front of the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City on October 27, 2015.
Senior Palestinian cleric rejects the Israeli-Jordanian compromise for the Temple Mount, saying any security camera Israel installs will be destroyed within hours.
By Dalit Halevi
A senior Palestinian Arab religious cleric on Thursday criticized the agreement over the Temple Mount which was brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry, threatening that Muslims will break any camera that Israel places on the compound.
Speaking to the Hamas-affiliated Palestine newspaper the cleric, Najah Bakhirat, said that the agreement has not reduced tension, but on the contrary, it placed the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the negotiating table, which the Palestinians were trying to avoid. Continue Reading »