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    Chaos Reigns in New Palestinian Violence

    They’re disorganized but wreaking havoc nonetheless. “An octopus with many hands but no brain” is how one expert described the leaderless Palestinian youths who have been inspired by social media to violently lash out at Israelis recently. Yesterday, two attacks in Jerusalem — where Palestinians reportedly tried to commandeer a bus — killed three Israelis. Compared to the second intifada’s well-organized bombings, this wave of lone-wolf attacks is giving rise to a tit-for-tat cycle of bloodshed and prompting Israel to deploy soldiers nationwide to curb the violence.

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