Death and Revenge: Jerusalem After the Teen Killings

JERUSALEM, WEST BANK - JULY 2: At least 70 Palestinians were injured Wednesday in clashes with Israeli troops in the Shuafat district near Jerusalem after the abduction and killing of a Palestinian teen by suspected Jewish settlers.

Palestinians and Israeli security forces clashed on the streets of Jerusalem on Wednesday, following several tense days in both Jerusalem and the West Bank that followed the discovery of three dead Israeli teenagers and, subsequently, a Palestinian teenage boy whose mutilated corpse was found in a forest after he was allegedly kidnapped. There is speculation that his killing may have been retribution for the killing of the three Israelis.
It's the latest flare-up in an intractable and complicated conflict that can be hard to follow. Here's what you need to know:

What's happening?

Stone-throwing Palestinians are protesting the murder of the Palestinian teenage boy, who was possibly killed in retaliation for the murder of three Israeli teenagers. The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) are cracking down hard on demonstrators with volleys of tear gas and stun grenades while also pounding Gaza with bombings.

An Israeli border police woman aims her weapon during clashes with Palestinians in Jerusalem on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
In some cases, as Dylan Byers at Politico pointed out, journalists got caught in the crossfire.
The video below shows Israeli security forces clashing with young people in the West Bank city of Nablus on Tuesday, according to Storyful.

This video from the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds, shows protests in the Palestinian Arab neighborhood of Shuafat in East Jerusalem on Wednesday, according to Storyful.

When did the troubles start?

On Monday, three Israeli teenagers were found murdered in Israeli-occupied West Bank. Shortly after, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) killed five Palestinians as they swept through the West Bank, arresting more than 400 and razing several buildings.
Israeli officials accused the militant group Hamas of abducting and murdering the three — a charge Hamas has repeatedly denied. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wowed that Hamas would pay “a heavy price” and not long after Israel began bombing the Gaza Strip, where many Hamas members live.

A Palestinian argues with Israeli border police in Jerusalem on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
On Wednesday, a Palestinian teenager was found murdered in the woods just outside Jerusalem — and there is wide-spread speculation that right-wing Jewish extremists may have murdered the 16-year-old boy in a revenge killing. According to the Palestinian state news agency WAFA, the boy's body was "charred and bore signs of violence."
Israeli soldiers had been calling for "revenge" on Facebook, prompting IDF to condemn the spreading of "racist photographs" and "calls to harm innocent people." According to Reuters, graffiti in Hebrew on a building in the West Bank read: "Price tag, Jewish revenge."
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, National Security Advisor Susan Rice condemned the murder of the Palestinian teen and warned against further escalation of the conflict.

Where are the hotspots?

Why can't they all get along?

Even before these troubles began, the peace process was all but dead.
In April, Hamas, a sworn enemy of the Israeli state, joined leaders from the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in a new unity government. In retaliation, the Israeli government expanded Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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