This week, a string of lone wolf stabbing attacks by Palestinians against Israeli soldiers and civilians and deadly clashes in the West Bank and on the border of the Gaza Strip sparked concern among Israelis that a third Palestinian Intifada, or uprising, was looming. Meanwhile a series of car bombs in Iraq killed dozens and Lebanese protestors continued to clash with police and pressure their government for sweeping reforms.
In Jerusalem, Israeli police barred Palestinian men under age 45 from a sacred hilltop compound in the Old City in an attempt to defuse weeks of spiraling tensions. Palestinians threw rocks and rolled burning tires at Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and soldiers opened fire of protestors on the border of the Gaza Strip.
A series attacks against Israelis continued on Friday with Palestinian attackers using kitchen knives, screwdrivers and even vegetable peelers as weapons while an Israeli man stabbed four Arabs in the southern city of Dimona in an apparent revenge attack. The Palestinian attackers had no known links to armed groups and have targeted Israeli soldiers and civilians at random, complicating security efforts to predict or prevent the attacks.
In Lebanon, protestors continued their campaign for a massive overhaul of the government. Police used water cannons to repel demonstrators seeking to reach the parliament building. A crisis over trash collection in Beirut has spawned a grassroots youth-driven protest movement called "You Stink" that seeks to oust an entire generation of politicians that have dominated the country's affairs for decades.
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