Israel's restrictions on the Al-Aqsa Compound get Palestinians protesting at Times Square in New York.
Israel's restrictions on the Al-Aqsa Compound get Palestinians protesting at Times Square in New York. Sean Robinson

Israel plays with fire, Arabs warn

ISRAEL is "playing with fire and risking a major crisis with the Arab and Islamic world”, the Arab League has warned.

The warning came after Israel sent extra troops into the occupied West Bank as violence erupted over Israel's installation of metal detectors at entry points to the shrine known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

A Palestinian stabbed three Israelis to death on Friday after three Palestinians were killed hours before as several thousand clashed with Israeli security forces.

"Jerusalem is a red line that Muslims and Arabs cannot allow to be crossed,” Arab League secretary-general Ahmed Aboul Gheit said.

"The Israeli government is playing with fire and risking a major crisis with the Arab and Islamic world.”

Arab League foreign ministers would hold emergency talks in Cairo tomorrow, the group said in a statement.

On Sunday, Israel installed new security cameras at the entrance to the sensitive holy site as officials indicated "alternatives” were being considered to the metal detectors that set off a weekend of violence.

Israel set up the new security measures last week after Arab gunmen opened fire from the shrine, killing two Israeli police. But Muslims allege Israel is trying to expand its control at the Muslim-administered site.

Two locals were killed and an Israeli was wounded on Sunday in the heavily fortified Israeli embassy in Jordan's capital, Amman. - INM.



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