"We will not break the solidarity of the people", said Jamal Abdallah, a Palestinian who now lives in the USA state of Arizona and was planning to visit Al Aqsa, but changed his mind when he was told of the situation.Israel took the highly unusual decision of closing the compound for Friday prayers, triggering anger from Muslims and Jordan, the holy site's custodian.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke of the security measures late Saturday before departing for a trip to Paris.
Mahmoud Abbas, who was quick to condemn the shooting attacks in a telephone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is now in Beijing on a three-day visit to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Israeli police have beefed up security, deploying hundreds of troops and erecting roadblocks at the entrances of Jerusalem's Old City, barring non-residents from entering.
Palestinians say the attacks are triggered by anger over decades of Israeli rule in territories they claim for their future state.
"We will also install security cameras on poles outside the Temple Mount but which give nearly complete control over what goes on there".
Palestinians have already been performing prayers outside the compound in protest, since it was reopened on Sunday after a two-day closure. Israeli officials said they were a permanent measure but many worshippers refused to go through them and preferred to pray outside the compound. Four Palestinians were also arrested.
The statement also described the Israeli actions as a blatant aggression practiced in the absence of any action by Arabs and Muslims to stop Israel's daily violations of the sanctity of al-Aqsa Mosque.
The mufti, who is in charge of the institute, is the top authority on Muslim law in Jerusalem and among Muslim Palestinians.
The Waqf, Jordan's Islamic authority that manages religious affairs at the site, was outraged over the metal detectors. He warned of the "repercussions of these measures or its exploitation by any side to change the religious and historical status of the holy places".
Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight and at dawn Tuesday, six young Palestinian men in several areas of occupied East Jerusalem, and moved them to detention and interrogation centers in the city.
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