Metal Detectors, Cameras at Mosques Aren’t Controversial – Except in Jerusalem

Islamic critics of Israel have for years alleged that “al-Aqsa is in danger,” but Israel’s installation of metal detectors that could prevent weapons or bombs entering what Muslims call the “Noble Sanctuary” – the third holiest site in Islam – has sparked an uproar that prompted threats of violence.

Metal detectors are used by security guards at the entrances to Jerusalem’s Western Wall, above, and at St. Peter’s in Rome, below.

Palestinian leaders are up in arms over Israel’s decision to enhance security at entrances to the mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, with one PLO representative calling fitting of metal detectors and security cameras “intrusive and dehumanizing.”

Israel took the decision to step up security after three Arabs shot dead two Israeli police officers last Friday, using firearms apparently smuggled into the revered area.

Azzam al-Khatib, head of the Islamic trust that administers the mosque, said the Israeli measures “harm world peace.”

A screengrab from live footage shows security cameras at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holiest site in Islam.

Protests linked to Friday prayers are being held today in the city and beyond, days after a Palestinian shari’a judge declared it “forbidden” for Muslims to enter the al-Aqsa compound through metal detectors.

In fact, in an age of global terrorism security measures at mosques are generally uncontroversial – when the authorities overseeing them are not Jewish.

The Saudis typically deploy thousands of closed-circuit security cameras at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holiest site in Islam, during the annual hajj, and during other parts of the year numerous cameras are visible too…


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