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Seeds of a New Intifada? Rioting, Terror, Murder Spawned by Temple Mount Tensions

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Palestinian uprising.

CHRIS MITCHELL: After a day of rioting on Friday,

three brutal murders Friday night, and a terror

attack at the Israeli embassy in Jordan on Sunday,

the controversy over security measures at the Temple Mount

began its second week.

50 years ago, Israeli paratroopers

came through this gate, the Lion's Gate,

and captured Jerusalem for the first time

in more than 2,000 years.

Now, it's the epicenter of the current controversy.

On July 14, three Israeli Arabs went up on the Temple Mount

and then inside the Al-Aqsa mosque

to get automatic weapons.

Then they came and murdered two Israeli policemen

not far from here.

To prevent this from happening again,

Israel installed these metal detectors just

outside the entrance of the Temple Mount.

Israeli officials point out security measures

are standard practice all over the world,

even in Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

But Islamic officials who administer the Temple Mount


And Palestinian authority officials

called for escalation.

Historically the Palestinian authority has used any Israeli

activity at the Al-Aqsa mosque as a trigger to promote


CHRIS MITCHELL: Itamar Marcus of the Palestinian Media Watch

says the Palestinian objection to the metal detectors

isn't about security.

ITAMAR MARCUS: The metal detectors

are an issue of who is the person in charge of the Temple


CHRIS MITCHELL: At Friday prayers, Palestinian

chanted with spirit and blood, we will redeem Al-Aqsa.

Friday night, 19-year-old Palestinian Omar el-Abed

took up that call.

On his Facebook page, he posted, "They are desecrating the Aksa

mosque and we are sleeping.

It is an embarrassment that we sit and do nothing.

All I have is a sharpened knife, and it will

answer the call of Al-Aska."

Abed then entered the home of 70-year-old Joseph Solomon

in the Jewish community of [INAUDIBLE]

and killed him and his two grown children.

Marcus sees a direct link to Palestinian incitement.

ITAMAR MARCUS: I'm holding the Palestinian authority

leadership directly responsible for those murders

and any subsequent terror that we have,

because the Palestinian authority

population gets their cues from their leadership.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Five decades after Israeli Motta Gur

said the Temple Mount is in our hands, many

believe the issue of the Temple Mount

remains the most contentious in the Middle East.

Chris Mitchell, CBN News, the Lion's Gate, Jerusalem.


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