Saturday, July 15, 2017

Remember the Surveillance Camera Fiasco?

Throwback reminder:

Israel and Jordan agree to put surveillance cameras on Temple Mount
October 25, 2015


MARCH 19, 2016

And then

APRIL 18, 2016

And now:

Video from security cameras [outside the compound - YM] obtained by the police shows the first moments of Friday morning’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem, in which police officers Haiel Sitawe and Kamil Shnaan were murdered.

As can be seen in the video, the armed terrorists were in the vicinity of the Temple Mount compound, exploiting the sanctity of the site and Israel’s easing of restrictions on worshippers in order to harm the security forces.

I warned about it. I warned about Um El-Fahm.  I wrote about a problem with cameras in 2014. 

But I'm just a blogger.



Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening (Saturday, 15 July 2017), held a telephone consultation on the issue of the Temple Mount. It was decided to gradually open the Temple Mount to worshippers, visitors and tourists beginning tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, 16 July 2017). It was decided that the entrance gates to the Temple Mount would be equipped with metal detectors and that cameras would be installed outside the Mount to cover events on the Mount. Additional security steps will be taken later.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Israel Police Insp.-Gen. Ronni Alsheich. ISA Director Nadav Argaman and Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevy participated in the consultation.




Chutzpah from our peace treaty partner:

Amman, July 15 (Petra) -- Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Wael Arabiyat on Saturday warned of Israel's unprecedented and persisted violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram al-Sharif sanctity under the pretext of containing violence and tension.

The minister held Israeli authorities responsible for the mounting tension and violence in the holy compound because of the violations committed by the occupation authorities and Jewish extremists against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, indicating that Jordan rejects Israel's closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque and preventing worshippers from praying under any circumstances.

In a statement issued today, Arabiyat said Israel's closure of the Mosque on Friday was a dangerous and unprecedented act and constitutes an assault on the freedom of worship. He further added that the Israeli move runs contrary to the principles of religious coexistence and world and social peace and forms sheer breach of international law.

And by the way, this is an example of an incomplete news item category of bias.

Haaretz’s Barak Ravid published at 1:07 AM on the paper’s web site that Jordan's King had condemned the Temple Mount Attack and that a government spokesman called on Israel to immediately reopen the holy site and to avoid measures that change the status quo. However, just before 11 PM on the Saturday, that item above was available.



And let the people speak:

Jordanians express outrage over Al Aqsa closure    By Suzanna Goussous - Jul 16,2017

AMMAN — Activists and political parties on Saturday expressed outrage over the Israeli decision to close Al Haram Al Sharif compound in occupied Jerusalem until Sunday, banning Arabs and Muslims from entering the mosque and performing prayers.

...Minister for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson Mohammad Momani on Friday condemned the attack on Palestinians and the closure of the mosque.  Jordan called for the reopening of the mosque, stressing that the Jordanian government will continue to employ its diplomatic, legal and political tools to deal with any attempts to change the legal and historical situation in Jerusalem, Momani said.  

Jordanian MP Kais Zayadin, rapporteur of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Parliament, wrote a post on social media calling on the international community to set punishments for Israel, as it has “executed unarmed Palestinian citizens, without a trial”.

He added: “This terrorist act violates all international legislations and conventions. All those who claim to promote democracy and human rights must act upon it immediately,” he wrote, adding that “the shooting violates the sanctity of the dead”.

And check this.


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NormanF said...

We've been told banning Jews from praying on the Temple Mount would lower tensions and preserve the peace.

The exact opposite has been revealed to be true. There are people who abuse freedom of worship to murder innocent people.

Only problem is they aren't the enemy the Israel Police has identified as dangerous and invested so much effort to deter.

They weren't Jews. They were Arabs. Shall we try it again with the so-called apartheid status quo the Israeli government is insistent on upholding? There's a problem alright.

Its with the conventional wisdom in Jerusalem.

NancyB said...

Another great article, thanks.If I remember correctly, Jordan, after initially agreeing to the cameras, changed their minds after the Palestinians "objected".
Israel does not need or require Jordan's or the Palestinians permission to
institute every conceivable safety measure to protect Israeli lives. All such
measures must be immediately instituted.How many more Israeli IDF soldiers need
to be slaughtered? Infuriating.