King Abdullah of Jordan recently proposed that video cameras be installed on the Temple Mount, an idea welcomed by the Israeli government. Palestinian officials, however, objected strenuously. Khaled Abu Toameh explains why:
[T]he Palestinian Authority and the Islamic Movement in Israel have hired scores of Muslim men and women to harass the Jewish visitors and the police officers escorting them. . . . The installation of surveillance cameras at the site will expose the aggressive behavior of [these “defenders of the Temple Mount”], and show the world who is really “desecrating” the Islamic holy sites and turning them into a base for assaulting and abusing Jewish visitors and policemen.
The cameras are also likely to refute the claim that Jews are “violently invading” the al-Aqsa mosque and holding prayers at the Temple Mount. The PA, Hamas, and the Islamic Movement have long been describing the Jewish visits as “provocative and violent incursions” into the al-Aqsa mosque. But now the cameras will show that Jews do not enter al-Aqsa, as Palestinians have been claiming.
Another reason the Palestinians are opposed to King Abdullah’s idea is their fear that the cameras would expose that Palestinians have been smuggling stones, firebombs, and pipe bombs into the al-Aqsa mosque for the past two years.