What Palestinians Think about the Knife Intifada

Six months after the current wave of violence began, some observers think it might be running out of steam. But what next?

A Palestinian demonstrator raises a knife during clashes with Israeli police in the Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean.

A Palestinian demonstrator raises a knife during clashes with Israeli police in the Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean.

Observation
March 31 2016
About the author

Daniel Polisar is the executive vice-president and a member of the faculty at Shalem College in Jerusalem.


Is the “knife intifada” beginning to run out of steam? Some observers say so. Yet this Friday, April 1, marks an impressive half-year since the launch of the current wave of Palestinian violence. Characterized largely by stabbings carried out by youngsters, generally acting alone or in pairs, this round of attacks has already claimed the lives of 29 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean asylum seeker, and a Palestinian bystander, and caused more than 400 injuries.

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