The latest spate of violence in Jerusalem during July 2017 has been described by the mainstream media as stemming from Israel’s erection of metal detectors on the Temple Mount in reaction to the shooting of Israeli security guards by Israeli Arabs. The explanation falls flat.
Metal detectors are found all around the world at mosques, churches and synagogues. Just a few hundred feet from the Temple Mount, metal detectors are in place at the entrance to the Western Wall Plaza. Security cameras can be seen at the Vatican and Mecca. Metal detectors are found at the entrances to mosques throughout the Middle East.
So why the protest?
It is not about security. It is about control over the Temple Mount and the Al Aqsa Mosque that sits at its southern tip.
Many Arabs and Muslims strongly object to any Islamic holy site being under the control of non-Muslims (known as…
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