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The ostensible spark for the current violence taking place in Jerusalem was the rise in provocations by Israeli politicians and right-wing activists at the Holy Esplanade, also known as the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, as well as clashes between the Israeli police and Muslim protesters.The expansion of Israeli settlement activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, we well as the rise in settler violence, have further worried and frustrated the Palestinians.The Palestinian Authority has been unable to offer protection from violence to Palestinians in both the territories it controls and in those under Israeli control.The average age of Palestinians killed in the violence and protests is 19, according to data by the Palestinian Health Ministry. They belong to a generation of Palestinians who were born, or were very young, during the second intifada and therefore have not been cognizant of the enormously painful price of violence that the Palestinians endured at the time.
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