After a shooting attack in Jerusalem by Islamist terrorists that left two Israeli policemen dead, extra security measures were instituted at the entrance to the Temple Mount, the site of the attack.
The terrorists, armed with guns, emerged from the Temple Mount to perpetrate the attack. They smuggled their weapons past the Waqf authorities who were in charge of security for the holy site.
Since the attack, Israel authorities took over security, setting up metal detectors at the entrance to the sensitive site.
Chanting “Allah Ahkbar (God is Great), Muslim worshipers refused to enter the Temple Mount, protesting having to pass through the metal detectors.
Women, who are often paid to harass non-Muslim visitors to the site, wailed and cried and told people not to enter the site.
Waheeb Liftawi, 52, entered the site in the morning before knowing about the protest. In the afternoon, he joined the protest, saying, “These things should not be put in front of a place of worship, a mosque. This is why we refuse this or this will become the status quo.”
In addition to the metal detectors, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said security cameras would also be installed.
Islamists have used the “status quo” issue to incite Palestinians and Muslim worldwide, spreading the false claim that Israel wants to change the status quo and take over the Temple Mount.
The Temple Mount is the holiest site to Jews; it is also the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, holy sites to Muslims. To avoid triggering Islamist wrath in Israel and worldwide, Israeli authorities forbid non-Muslims carrying out from any form of prayer on the Temple Mount. This is what is referred to as the “status quo.”
In early 2015, after numerous attacks on Israelis were perpetrated due to this spurious assertion, Israel supported a plan by Jordan to set up security cameras to disprove the allegation.
However, the Palestinian Authority rejected the idea, calling it a “new trap.”
Now, after this most recent and heinous attack, Islamists are once again crying victim.
In the best case scenario, the Muslim guards had no previous knowledge of the attack and missed the weapons that were smuggled in; in the worst case, they were in on it. But in any case, it is clear that security at the site needs to be beefed up. Metal detectors and cameras are a good start.
And along the way, spare us the crocodile tears.