Jordan drops plan to install security cameras on Temple Mount

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Jordan has decided against plans to install security cameras on the Temple Mount holy site amid ongoing Palestinian objections to the move.

According to reports, Palestinian activists have recently been distributing leaflets warning against the installation of the security cameras. The decision to drop the plan was announced by Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The agreement to install the security cameras was reached late last year between Israel and Jordan against the backdrop of ongoing tensions over the Temple Mount. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry helped facilitate the agreement.

Last month, during a visit to Ramallah by Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas also voiced support for the cameras. But Palestinians objectors have reportedly argued that the security cameras would be used by Israel to arrest Muslim worshippers on the Temple Mount. A Muslim activist group, Murabitat, have been frequently harassing non-Muslim visitors to the Temple Mount in recent months. 

Posted on April 18, 2016 .