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Palestinians dead in tension around Jerusalem shrine

Palestinians dead in tension around Jerusalem shrine

Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, charged that Abbas and his rivals in the Islamist militant movement Hamas were stoking passions over the mosque and inciting Palestinians to violence.

Three Palestinians were killed and several dozen wounded by live rounds and bullets in some of the worst street clashes in the past two years.

Tensions and violent confrontations between Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem and beyond have been ongoing for almost a week as Muslim worshippers protest Israel's placement of metal detectors inside Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque compound - Islam's third holiest site.

After Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced freezing of Palestine's contacts with Israel, the nation's campaign for Jerusalem has effectively begun.

Some prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years without any charges brought against them.

During violent tensions in Jerusalem's Old City in September 2015, Abbas released the following statement, specifically praising violence against Israel: "Each drop of blood that was spilled in Jerusalem is pure blood as long as it's for the sake of Allah".

He said security measures at the 37-acre esplanade, with eight entry gates for Muslim worshippers, were insufficient before the shooting attack.

"It is astonishing that [the Department of ] State is parroting the false Palestinian narrative", said B'nai B'rith in its statement.

In a sign unrest was spreading, a Palestinian stabbed three Israelis in the occupied West Bank on Friday after vowing on Facebook to take up his knife and heed "Al-Aqsa's call". "It's not like the security coordination is an Israeli need".

"We call on the worldwide community, especially the United Nations, to address the recent regrettable developments in the occupied lands and to stand firmly against the religiously and racially discriminatory policies of the Zionists against the Palestinians", Qassemi added.

Abul Gheit further accused Israel of "adventurism" and said its imposition of fresh restrictive measures could trigger a "crisis with the Arab and Muslim world".

But as Israel's cabinet met on Sunday with the issue on top of the agenda, Tzachi Hanegbi, the minister for regional development and a senior member of the ruling Likud party, told Army Radio: "They (metal detectors) will remain".

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