Surveillance Cameras to Be Installed on Temple Mount in Days, Jordanian Cabinet Minister Says

Amman's minister of religious affairs says 55 cameras will monitor Israeli actions in the plaza and make the footage available worldwide over the Internet.

Israeli border police officers walk in front of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount, Jerusalem.
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Jordan plans to set up 55 cameras to monitor the plaza outside al-Aqsa Mosque – or the Temple Mount  on a 24-hour basis, a statement issued in Amman on Sunday said.

The Jordanian cabinet minister in charge of the holy sites, Heyal Daoud, said the cameras being set up in the coming days would broadcast footage of the 144 square dunam complex around the globe over the Internet.

"The goal is to document the violations and infringements in the mosque complex by the Israeli authorities and present it to the world," Daoud said.

The documentation could be used to approach international legal authorities if necessary, the minister added.

The statement follows an agreement achieved late last month by Israeli and Jordanian officials for implementing understandings drawn up via the mediation efforts of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Israel had wanted some cameras also installed inside the mosque, but Daoud said that only the outside area would be filmed.

Daoud said last month that the camera installation was meant to “pressure the occupation regime not to harm worshipers” and to refute Israeli claims that the recent violence on the Mount was provoked by Muslim worshipers.

On October 22, after a month of tension and violent incidents around the Temple Mount, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Kerry in Berlin in an effort to find a way to calm things down.

During that meeting, Netanyahu told Kerry that Jordan had once suggested installing surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount that could be used to monitor events there in real time and make sure the mosques were not harmed or the status-quo there violated..