Clashes between Palestinians rioters and security forces resumed Sunday night as Palestinians burned cardboard metal detectors in Bethlehem to demonstrate their solidarity with Muslims from the immediate Jerusalem area who have been protesting for the past ten days the government's decision to install metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount. Altercations also erupted at Jerusalem's Lion's Gate, and Palestinian reports claim that Israeli security forces used excessive force to disperse the Muslim worshipers in the area, using stun grenades and tear gas.
Palestinians burning...wait for it...metal detectors in effigy. https://t.co/P84GNrfdUx— Jonathan Schanzer (@JSchanzer) July 23, 2017
Israeli media says that at least 3,000 demonstrators faced off with security forces in the area of the Lion's Gate. This comes after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas spoke on Sunday about his decision to sever ties with Israel until it reverses its decision to place metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, saying that his decision includes the security coordination with the Jewish state.אומנות מהי: פלסטינים שורפים דמויי מגנומטורים עשויים מנייר בכניסה הצפונית לבית לחם. pic.twitter.com/J5kObjfKr3— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) July 23, 2017