The heat is pretty much unbearable. It's not just the days, but the nights too.
The good news is that temperatures will trend slowly downwards as winds gradually trend to the west. This is the result of lower pressure building over the Mediterranean and the heat low to our east shifting away. The change in the temperatures will be much appreciated.
Apparently, there are many "Muslims" who are heated up over changes to access protocols for the Mosque on top of the old Jewish Temple. It has been decided that those that want to enter will need to pass through a metal detector. This was done to help prevent a repeat of what happened Friday, when two policeman were murdered guarding the site.
Amazingly, this is something new! Anyone who has ever wanted to visit the Western Wall knows that one passes through a metal detector (and a security check) to enter.
The Wafq is protesting these new security measures, and encouraging visitors to stay away until they are rescinded. I assume they are objecting because they want their constituents to be able to store weapons, riot and throw rocks at prayer goers below, and murder when ever the mood suits them.
If I had my way, I would keep the site closed until the end of the month. It's a privilege to pray there, and it should be rescinded.