JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Police said the new security cameras they plan to install at the Temple Mount will retain “full respect for the public and its privacy.”
The police released the statement Tuesday after rumors gained traction that the police had plans to install X-ray cameras at the entrances for Muslim worshippers at the Temple Mount.
Palestinian social media said that the cameras would be able to look at Muslim women’s bodies and could cause cancer.
“The Israel Police does not use any type of camera that harms privacy in any way and has no intention of using such cameras in the future,” the statement said. “The purpose of the cameras is to protect and guard public safety.”
Late Monday night, Israel’s Security Cabinet said it would remove the metal detectors and security cameras that were recently put in place and instead incorporate security measures based on advanced technologies, called “smart checks.” Israel will pay up to 100 million shekels, about $30 million, over the next six months to install the new devices, which include sensitive security cameras.
The new security measures had been put into place after three Arab-Israelis shot and killed two Israeli police officers at the holy site on July 14. Once the metal detectors were put in place, Muslims refused to enter the Temple Mount, instead praying outside of its gates, leading to clashes and the deaths of at least five Palestinians in recent days.