Israelis Should Wonder Why a 14-year-old Palestinian Stabs Her Jewish Neighbor With a Kitchen Knife

It's typical for the Israeli mainstream to consider any nuanced attempt to understand the motives driving Palestinian violence a form of justifying it, but the difficulties of life in Sheikh Jarrah shed a complex light on the latest incident

Nir Hasson
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Nir Hasson

There’s an unwritten law in mainstream Israeli discourse by which you must not try to understand the motives or personal circumstances of Palestinians who carry out attacks against Israelis. Any such attempt is met with angry responses, arguing that merely posing such questions is effectively justifying violence and supporting terrorism.

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