'Israeli restrictions at Al-Aqsa unacceptable'

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'Israeli restrictions at Al-Aqsa unacceptable'

Fatah leaders said that Friday prayers, when many Palestinians travel to the Jerusalem holy site, would instead be conducted in public squares in protest and sermons dedicated to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the venerated Muslim house of worship that sits within the site's compound.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has received numerous calls from his own security experts and foreign allies to remove security barriers at al-Aqsa Mosque ahead of mass protests on Friday.

According to WAFA, Abbas has made several contacts with world powers to discuss the ongoing Jerusalem tension.

The Palestinians have protested the new security measures, which they say are meant to expand Israel's control over the site.

The rioters are protesting the new security measures Israel introduced at the holy site in wake of Friday's terrorist attack which left two Israel policemen dead.

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

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party called for a "day of rage" to take place in eastern Jerusalem and the disputed territories on Wednesday.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said the key to restoring calm is to have Israel respect the "historic and legal status" at the shrine, the state news agency Petra reported.

Clashes around the compound have been ongoing following the introduction of metal detectors along the perimeter of the holy site Sunday.

For the third consecutive night, violent altercations broke out between Muslim worshipers and the police in Jerusalem's Old City.

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The temporary closure to investigate the incident and the decision to install metal detectors (magnetometers) and security cameras near the Lion's Gate provided fertile ground to incite against Israel. The bishops said they mourned for those killed and deplored "the heightened tensions that such an attack can span".

Israeli authorities are undertaking security upgrades at the site, drawing criticism from the Palestinians.

Police barred Jews from visiting the Temple Mount in Jerusalem Wednesday morning after two Jewish groups prayed openly at the site. Proposals to change security measures at the compound have sparked controversy in the past.

The Temple Mount is under the autonomous administration of the Waqf and only the followers of Islam can pray on the site while representatives of other religious traditions are allowed to visit it freely.

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