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Israel tightens the noose in East Jerusalem

Writing from the West Bank, Sarah Levy explains the source of spiraling violence in East Jerusalem--provocations and deadly assaults by Israeli soldiers and settlers alike.

November 19, 2014

TENSIONS WERE already at the boiling point in Jerusalem after weeks of Israeli provocations when two Palestinian men attacked a synagogue on the morning of November 18, killing four rabbis, all of whom held U.S. or British citizenship, as well as an Israeli police officer.

Though you wouldn't know it to judge from the U.S. media, the assault on the synagogue followed weeks of Israeli security crackdowns in East Jerusalem and a string of violent and deadly attacks on Palestinians by Israeli vigilantes.

After the synagogue killings, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly struck back, ordering "authorities to demolish the assailants' homes," according toHa'aretz newspaper [1].

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