On Israeli surveillance cameras in the Al Aqsa compound

It’s worth highlighting this comment by Anne Silver about why Palestinians object to Israeli surveillance cameras within the Al Aqsa compound. Israel has removed the metal detectors but not the cameras. The Jordanian role she refers to is that the Noble Sanctuary is administered by the Jordanian Waqf trust.:

“These cameras will be able to detect faces and identities. This means that Israel is imposing complete control over the al-Haram al-Sharif area. The Jordanian role is being sidelined and the presence of Palestinian guards becomes null, because the real players are going to be those behind the screens watching the cameras,” Khalil Shaheen, a Ramallah-based political analyst, told Al Jazeera.

“There are large numbers of Palestinians who refuse to pay Israeli taxes in Jerusalem, and many from the West Bank who enter Jerusalem on Fridays without permits [illegal under Israeli law], as well as activists and others. For Israel to know who these people are is very dangerous and could harm these Palestinians,” he added. “This is a new form of surveillance and control … Palestinians must reject such measures, because these cameras are more dangerous than the metal detectors.”