A divided city

The underlying cause of the current crisis is to be found in the inherent dysfunctionality of Israeli rule in East Jerusalem

By LARA FRIEDMAN, DANIEL SEIDEMANN
November 11, 2014 13:30
3 minute read.
Jerusalem

An Israeli policeman and a Palestinian in Jerusalem’s Old City. (photo credit: FINBARR O'REILLY / REUTERS)

 
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WHAT POSSESSES hundreds, sometimes thousands of Palestinian youths to clash nightly with Israeli police? That is a question that official Israel, and most particularly Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has neither asked nor answered. Why? Because doing so would challenge his axiomatic faith in “united Jerusalem” – a Jerusalem that doesn’t exist.

Clashes in East Jerusalem have been ongoing since July, led by Palestinian youth, some as young as nine. More than half of the approximately 900 Palestinians arrested in East Jerusalem so far are minors.

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