Palestinians threaten to smash Temple Mount cameras

Palestinian Arabs posted flyers across the Temple Mount compound threatening to smash security cameras at the site, Channel 10 reported Saturday. 

The cameras have remained at the epicenter of controversy surrounding amendments to Israel's sovereignty over the site, including a series of commitments Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made to Jordan's King Abdullah II in November 2014. 

While Israeli and Arab media differ over who posted the anonymous flyers, Amman released an official response late Saturday promising not to install the cameras in mosques – only to watch Jewish activity on Judaism's holiest site. 

An agreement between Israel and Jordan to place the security cameras was brokered in October by Secretary of State John Kerry, and stipulates that 24-hour security cameras covering the entire site would be installed in the compound, which is sacred to both Jews and Muslims.

However, after months of stalling, a Jordanian minister announced in February before the cameras' installation that the monitoring would not include mosques – and would, apparently, only monitor Jewish activity on the Mount.  

Jordan has insisted that the cameras be installed in the Temple Mount compound and they would document the compound around the clock, with the footage being exposed to the public through the internet, but has also insisted that the goings on inside the mosques not be documented by the cameras.


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