Israel replaces the metal detectors with smart cameras in Al-Aqsa entries.

The Security cabinet in Israel decided to remove the metal detectors at the two entrances of Al-Aqsa Mosque as a step to de-escalate the recent tensions in Al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The decision was made after multiple countries along with International organizations like the UN and UN Security Council asked for keeping the status quo in the region.

The decision, however, was made not as a removing but a replacing strategy using smart CCTV cameras instead of the metal detectors. The so-called CCTV cameras will be able to not only detect the arms and other metal object, but also record and control the people who pass the opening and closing of the sacred place.

A Spokesperson of the cabinet referred to the “sophisticated technology” that was ratified at the meeting to be used as a surveillance system instead of Metal detectors. Reports had indicated to the high resolution cameras which are able to detect hidden objects as an alternative for the recently installed gates.

The metal detectors were installed after a series of clashes between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli security forces. The latest one of these clashes led to the death of two Israeli soldiers and three Palestinian civilians. The Palestinians believe that the clashes are used as a pretext to reinforce the security condition at the shrine in order to put the people under more control. Besides, Palestinians are too vigilant about the moves in Al-Quds as it is believed that the Zionists take any chance to expand their occupied lands to announce the whole city as theirs a day in the future.

Replacement of the metal detectors with CCTV cameras will not be satisfying as the Israeli occupants will be able to have even more control over the region. As Sheikh Najeh Bakirat, the director of Al-Aqsa Mosque said in an interview with Al Jazeera, the protesters will not be satisfied with this insignificant modification. “Work to remove the scanners had started but the move still does not fulfil the demands of protesters as the cameras will remain,” Sheikh Bakirat also added.

Al-Aqsa mosque in considered the third sacred Muslim shrine and the former prayer direction of Islam before Kaabaa in Mecca. Within little distance from Al-Aqsa resides the most sacred zone of Judaism where “biblical temples once stood.” Geo-politically speaking, Palestinians has lived the land for centuries before getting occupied in the mid twentieth century.

The new security measures were even lambasted by the human right groups inside the Israel believing that invasions into the life of Palestinians could not be excused. Palestinians allegation against Saudis is that ‘security’ is only a guise for Israel to expand its control of the region. Arab League and most Muslim countries like Turkey, Iran, and Qatar reproached the new security measures and called for the setback to the previous state. Arab League went even further to call the Israeli changes to Al-Quds “playing with fire.”


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