Fake '˜metal detector' at city museum to highlight situation in Middle East

This '˜metal detector' appeared outside the Harris Museum over the weekend, but it was not an extra security measure.

Monday, 24th July 2017, 1:50 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:27 pm
The campaigning group 'Children of the Ghetto' set up a symbolic security and metal detector checkpoint entering the Harris Library on Saturday 22nd July 2017. The group setup the checkpoint for just half an hour, on Saturday afternoon, as an act of solidarity with what has been happening at Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem, Israel.

In fact the symbolic metal detector was a stunt by local protest group Children of the Ghetto, aimed at highlighting the situation at the Masjid Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

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The detectors outside the mosque, the third holiest in Islam, have been a source of controversy.

Imam Amjad Bapu, of Preston, said: “The checkpoint at the Harris library was a lighthearted gesture aimed at raising awareness. Many individuals volunteered to pass through the metal detector and at the same time learnt about the plight of the Muslim Palestinians of Jerusalem.”