Israeli authorities have reopened the al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock under heightened security measures Sunday. However, dozens of Muslims held midday prayers outside the compound, refusing to enter the mosque through a series of metal detectors, to demonstrate their outrage over the Israeli extra security measures imposed.
Sheikh Omar Kiswani, director of al-Aqsa Mosque, emphatically stated, “We reject the changes imposed by the Israeli government. We will not enter through these metal detectors.”
Israel had closed the two sacred sites Friday shortly after the shootout in order to install additional security cameras and metal detectors, according to PressTV. The move was authorized by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"I instructed that metal detectors be placed at the entrance gates to the Temple Mount. We will also install security cameras on poles outside the Temple Mount but which give almost complete control over what goes on there,” he said
The closure of the two locations, banning Friday prayers for Muslims, was denounced throughout the Muslim world, with the Arab League calling the move by Israel dangerous, and other Muslim leaders saying that the basic rights of Palestinians were being violated.
It's been two years since Israeli authorities have imposed tighter restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshippers to the al-Aqsa Mosque.
The move is consistent with Israel's policy of altering the demographic makeup of Jersulam's al-Quds and occupation of Palestinian territory by constructing a range of illegal settlements.