One perpetual challenge of writing and reading about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is that the amount of context needed almost never fits the space available.
Let this sentence serve as an example: Earlier this week, a 64-year-old Israeli motorist was killed when he lost control of his car after it was struck by rocks thrown by Palestinians on a road in East Jerusalem.
And let this too-slim headline serve as an another example:
"Actress Sharon Tate dies as knives stab her body multiple times." pic.twitter.com/cOa14zk4BH— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) September 16, 2015
Here comes another one: The death of the man came amid days of intense and increasingly routine clashes at the Temple Mount—the most-widely used term for the Jerusalem site—which is sacred to both Jews and Muslims. (For more on those tensions, here’s an explainer from last year.)
Following the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a meeting with security and defense officials, along with the mayor of Jerusalem, and announced he was “declaring war” on rock throwers.
“New measures debated at the meeting included changing the protocol for open-fire orders on rock throwers, establishing a minimum sentence for rock throwers, and levying a heavy fine on minors throwing rocks and their families,” the JTA reported.