ISRAELI occupation authorities reopened the Haram al-Sharif site in east Jerusalem yesterday after shutting it following an attack on Israeli police by three Arab citizens of Israel on Friday.
Police announced also that security forces shot dead a 34-year-old Palestinian yesterday morning who they claimed was involved in recent shootings.
Israel imposed new security measures, including metal detectors at the entrance gates to the al-Aqsa mosque and additional security cameras.
Some worshippers entered via the new security while others chose to pray outside.
Members of Israel’s Knesset parliament representing the Arab minority in the unified Joint List condemned the shooting of two Druze police officers on Friday while also condemning Tel Aviv’s closure of the mosque.
Joint List chairman Ayman Odeh MK, an Israeli Communist Party member, said: “The struggle of Arab citizens is a political struggle and is by no means an armed struggle.
“We wholly oppose any use of firearms by our youths.”
He accused Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of wanting “to turn the conflict from a political conflict to a religious one and this is why he sponsors provocative entry by settlers to the compound of the mosque.
“The government must respect the holiness of al-Aqsa mosque and enable the continuation of prayers on the site.”
His Joint List MK colleague Hanin Zoabi of the Balad party said that attacks such as Friday’s were only “to be expected” given Israel’s repressive policies towards Palestinians.