Remove Jerusalem metal detectors, Erdogan tells Israeli counterpart

The checks were introduced at the holy site, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and Israelis as Temple Mount, on Sunday after two Israeli police officers were killed there in a terrorist attack last week.

"The metal detectors and security measures at the Temple Mount prevent terror and protect worshippers-like at religious sites everywhere", the infographic said.

On July 14, two Israeli police officers died and a third was wounded after three armed assailants opened fire at the Temple Mount complex. The Mughrabi Gate entrance for Jews and tourists already had metal detectors in place.

Arab-Israeli lawmakers joined the protesters and called for the metal detectors at the site to be removed.

Grand Mufti Muhammad Hussein told reporters on Wednesday that Palestinian Muslims should all gather outside the gates of the Al Aqsa Mosque for the weekly Friday prayer.

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Wa'al, another resident of the Muslim Quarter, said that the new security measures are an act of war not only against the Palestinian people, but the entire Muslim world.

"The situation is very fragile and sensitive", said Yesh Atid MK Yaakov Peri, a former head of Israel's Shin Bet security agency, in comments distributed by The Israel Project. Police closed the site briefly, reopening it 15 minutes later. The three Israeli Arabs from the northern town of Umm al-Fahm who carried out the attack all held identity cards, allowing them the same freedom of movement as anyone else.

The White House voiced its concerns on Wednesday night regarding the recent tensions surrounding the Temple Mount, calling on Israel and Jordan to find a solution to the strained situation at the site.

The compound was largely empty on Monday apart from tourists and Jewish visitors, with Muslims again praying and protesting outside the site instead of entering through the metal detectors. They called on other Muslim worshipers to follow suit, but hundreds nevertheless prayed at the holy site. It later annexed the city in 1980, claiming all of Jerusalem as the Jewish state's "eternal" capital - a move never recognized by the global community. The authority was not included in the Israeli decision to impose the security changes.

At the meeting, scheduled for 8 p.m., officials are set discuss whether to remove the detectors that were placed at the Temple Mount after the killings that were launched from within the holy site.

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