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Palestinians in Jerusalem sound off over Aqsa security camera proposal


By Amy Mac - October 29, 2015
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Over the weekend, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a deal between Israel and Jordan to install 24-hour security cameras at Al-Aqsa Mosque, the hilltop compound that has been a source of growing tensions between Israel and Palestine this month.


Following Israeli incursions into Al Aqsa last month, Palestinians have accused Israel of attempting to violate the status quo of the holy site, while Israel claims the mosque is being used by Palestinian youth to stage violent protests.

 

The proposed installation of the cameras is supposedly intended to verify these conflicting allegations.

 

However, the Palestinian side, which was excluded from negotiations,  has questioned the legitimacy of the proposal.

 

According to Al Jazeera, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki called the measure a "new trap".

 

He told Voice of Palestine radio on Sunday that Israel was planning to use such footage to arrest Muslim worshippers it believes are "inciting" hatred against it. There was no immediate comment from Abbas.

 

On Sunday, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the security cameras were in Israel’s interest and would serve, "firstly, to refute the claim Israel is violating the status quo (and) secondly, to show where the provocations are really coming from, and prevent them in advance."

 

“You know what Netanyahu said, about using cameras to show they will keep the status quo? He meant for the Jews. Everything they do is for themselves, not for us,” said one Palestinian stall owner in the Old City of Jerusalem, who wished to remain anonymous, in response to proposal.

The Palestinian Monitor spoke with Palestinians in the Old City, to gauge the general sentiment surrounding the planned camera installations of Al Aqsa.

 

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