Fatah calls for 'Day of Rage'

Palestinian leadership are reacting strongly to Israel's increased security on Temple Mount.

July 18, 2017 19:31
PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS drag a burning tire during a protest in a-Ram, northeast of Jerusalem.

PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS drag a burning tire during a protest in a-Ram, northeast of Jerusalem.. (photo credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS)


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Fatah called on Palestinians to participate in a “day of rage” on Wednesday, to protest the police’s decision to place metal detectors in front of the Temple Mount.


Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen said that protest is necessary until the metal detectors are removed.

“What is happening in Jerusalem today is aimed at attacking al-Aksa Mosque,” Muhaisen said at a meeting of Fatah leaders in Ramallah.

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Following a shooting attack near the Temple Mount on Friday that left two police officers dead, Israel closed the site. Police reopened the site on Sunday, but placed metal detectors in front of its gates, which are meant for security.

Days of rage usually include protests in the main squares of Palestinian cities and near friction points with Israel.

However, the Palestinian Authority security forces often prevent protesters from reaching friction points.


Fatah last called for a day of rage in April to support hunger-striking security prisoners in Israeli jails.

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