Palestinians demand all measures be lifted at Jerusalem holy site

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Jordan now serves as the custodian of the site, where Jews are not allowed to enter, but Jewish right-wing groups such as The Temple Mount Faithful are pushing to change that policy.

The site is venerated by Muslims and Jews, who call it the Temple Mount. The report also stated that Abbas refused to meet with U.S. special Envoy Jason Greenblatt as he asserted the meeting would not yield results. The removal of the metal detectors was completed by Tuesday. "As of now, Palestinians have made efforts to meet US demands, but as of yesterday, the Americans have not presented anything new", the official told Haaretz.

The move incensed the Muslim world and triggered some of the bloodiest clashes between Israelis and Palestinians for years, with seven people killed over the weekend.

In order to put an end to this violence, Israel made a decision to remove the metal detectors and security cameras from from the Lions' Gate, the eastern entrance to the Old City and the Temple Mount.

Avi Dichter, a former head of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), who chairs the Knesset's foreign affairs and defence committee, said Israel had chose to "turn the Temple Mount into a sterile area - with all that this entails".

The railings and suspicions over what new measures Israel is planning have led Palestinian and Muslim leaders to continue to call for a boycott of the site, and worshippers have heeded their call.

The Waqf official spoke Thursday after Muslim officials told the faithful to return to pray inside the site, holy to both Muslims and Jews, after Israel removed the security devices.

Al Aqsa mosque is highly revered among Muslims and is often used as a symbolic representation of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.

He said India is an important country that has close relations with Israel and has been a supporter of Palestinian statehood "could coordinate with countries to force Israel to follow worldwide law".

Instead of metal detectors, Israel plans to install unspecified advanced technologies and "smart inspection".

"The Israel Police does not use any type of camera that harms privacy in any way and has no intention of using such cameras in the future", the statement said.

Protests and deadly unrest have erupted in the days since, with clashes breaking out around the compound in Jerusalem's Old City and in the occupied West Bank, leaving five Palestinians dead.