Protests in the Wake of Shooting at the Temple Mount

The Temple Mount is one of the most sensitive spots in the Middle East.

On July 14, 2017, three Arab citizens of Israel carried out a shooting attack on Israeli police stationed at the holy site, killing two of them. Israel responded by installing metal detectors, which Palestinian Muslims — and many others across the Islamic world — said was violation of the status quo.

Over the next 10 days, Palestinians held prayers and protests outside the gates of the site, which contain the iconic Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque. Clashes with Israeli forces ensued, and spread to the West Bank. Amid a growing diplomatic crisis with Jordan and U.S. intervention, Israel removed the metal detectors on July 25.