Surveillance cameras to be installed Al Aqsa compound

Israel, Jordan agree to install surveillance cameras on Al Aqsa compound to stream live footage over internet

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

CCTV to be installed on Al Aqsa compound to stream live footage over the internet

Updated Oct 28, 2015

Israeli and Jordanian officials said on Tuesday that surveillance cameras should be installed within days at the Al Aqsa compound, which is the centre of the current conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The cameras will be installed to stream live footage over the internet to maximise transparency.

The surveillance camera idea emerged late last week during separate meetings between US Secretary of State John Kerry and the three sides - Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian government.

The cameras will be installed within the 37-acre (15-hectare) under the compromise John Kerry to lower the tensions.

A senior Jordanian government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the details are to be worked out between officials from the site's administrator — the Islamic Trust, or Waqf — and Israeli authorities.

He said both Muslim clerics and Israeli officials will monitor the images, however, "the ultimate goal is for the footage to be seen on the Internet, by everyone."

Israel welcomed the plan by pointing the alleged violence of Palestinians to be monitored around Al Aqsa compound. As Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office stated that it hopes to start the process "as soon as possible."

Palestinians claim that Israel will use the cameras for the sake of arresting Palestinians unjustly and complaining about deeper issues which they think are ignored. Adding that the violence is the consequence of Israeli military occupation and a lack of hope to gain independence following years of unsuccessful peace efforts.

At a Jerusalem news conference, Abdel Azeem Salhab, chairman of the Waqf council, accused Israel of trying to "Judaize" the mosque.

"Israel wants cameras for its own purposes and this will not happen," he said.

Additionally, Israel’s military said later on Tuesday that soldiers shot and killed two Palestinians who allegedly stabbed a soldier at a bus stop in the West Bank.

TRTWorld and agencies