Weeks of repressive, brutal Israeli policing of Palestinian gatherings and protests in East Jerusalem have led to a new round of bloody conflict. Rather than just being confined to Jerusalem, this time the Israeli authorities are facing a Palestinian revolt on a much wider scale, on multiple fronts.
Outrage at the Jerusalem events led to Palestinian eruptions of protest across the West Bank, Gaza and Israel, and solidarity demonstrations in the wider Middle East and globally. In a number of towns and cities inside Israel, the security forces have been taken aback by the wave of anger from Palestinians that has broken out on the streets. Interventions by far-right Jewish activists at flashpoints in mixed Jewish-Palestinian cities, like Lod and Ramle, have brought serious dangers of sectarian conflict, with lynchings, barricades and clashes showing elements of a developing civil war.