Chaos in Jerusalem is a warning of things to come ~ Jonathan Cook in Nazareth, PALESTINE, The National, Abu Dhabi, + Redress Information & Analysis,
Among Palestinians and Israelis, the recent upsurge in violence has been variously described as the children’s, lone-wolf, Jerusalem and smartphone intifadas, or uprisings. Each describes a distinguishing feature of this round of clashes.
The steady erosion of Fatah’s and Hamas’s authority during the post-Oslo years, as the Palestinian factions proved incapable of protecting their people from the structural violence of the occupation, has driven Palestine’s politically orphaned children to the streets, armed with stones.
The growing hopelessness and sense of abandonment have led a few so-called “lone wolves” to vent their fury on Israelis with improvised weapons such as knives, screwdrivers and cars. These attacks have attracted the most publicity, becoming the equivalent of the second intifada’s suicide bomber…
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