Abbas, Hamas plan Temple Mount protests despite Israel’s removal of metal detectors


( Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas approved plans for “day of rage” protests through the disputed territories Friday over the Temple Mount.

The Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount. Credit: Nikeman916 via Wikimedia Commons.

Abbas authorized plans by leaders of the Fatah faction’s Tanzim militia to organize mass protests. At the same time, Abbas has maintained a freeze on security coordination with Israel “unless all measures go back to what they were before July 14,” when an Arab terror attack that killed two Israeli policemen near the Temple Mount prompted Israel to bolster security.

“We reject all the Israeli measures,” Sabri Sidam, a senior member of Fatah, said following a meeting of leaders from the faction Tuesday. “Israel is trying to outsmart us and all its measures are unacceptable.”

Israel, however, has already removed the metal detectors that it had installed at the Temple Mount in the aftermath of the July 14 attack. 

Meanwhile, the Palestinian terror group Hamas also called for protests throughout the disputed territories, with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh urging Palestinians to fight the “unilateral steps of Israel” to “implement its plan for complete control over the [Temple Mount’s] Al-Aqsa mosque, The Jerusalem Post reported. 

Following last Friday’s Palestinian-incited “day of rage” protests, a Palestinian terrorist fatally stabbed three members of an Israeli family in the Samaria community of Halamish.

Posted on July 26, 2017 .