13 December 2018
Dozens of cameras are set to be installed by an Israeli high tech company around Jerusalem’s holy al-Aqsa Mosque in an attempt to tighten the noose around Muslim worshipers’ neck.
New cameras are reportedly about to be installed and others patched up around the Aqsa Mosque and near the gates of al-Maghareba, al-Sahira, and al-Asbat so as to provide a security shield for Israeli settlers during their break-ins at the site and tighten police grip on the Muslim worshipers.
High-quality surveillance tech is also being installed around Israeli settlement outposts built on Palestinian land across the occupied Palestinian territories in order to rein in anti-occupation protests and attacks.
Elaborating on the latest plan, PNN reports on an agreement includes the planting of more than 500 smart monitoring cameras in a project called the “Kikra 2000”.
The development comes as the Israeli police allowed Knesset members to increase the numbers of storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Major General Yoram Halevy of the Jerusalem police, has been quoted as saying: “If the situation continues the same in Al-Aqsa, restrictions on visits by members of the Knesset will be removed”.
In an attempt to legitimize the daily incursions of settlers by the Israeli government’s into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, PM Netanyahu allowed Israeli right-wing members to break into the Aqsa once a month instead of one per 3 months. Thus Netanyahu allowed MK Shuli Maallem Raafaili of the far-right Jewish party to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This decision reflects the adoption of the aforementioned recommendation of the Jerusalem District Commander, Yoram Halevy, to allow Knesset members to visit the area without any restrictions.
The National Bureau said that “the continued violation of the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque requires the intervention of the international community to pressure the occupation authorities to stop such acts and to abide by the provisions of international humanitarian law.”