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Even if it could be out­lawed, its clo­sure would do noth­ing to re­duce online in­cite­ment. Face­book and Twit­ter can­not be cen­sored and calls to close down in­flam­ma­tory web­sites are equally in­ef­fec­tive.

Like­wise, calls to shoot-to-kill those car­ry­ing out stab at­tacks, and then pun­ish their fam­i­lies by de­mol­ish­ing their homes, have not proven ef­fec­tive in the past.

At least half the Pales­tini­ans try­ing to stab Is­raelis have been shot dead with no ap­par­ent re­duc­tion in the sub­se­quent will­ing­ness of oth­ers to carry out copy­cat at­tacks.

An IDF com­mit­tee which ex­am­ined house de­mo­li­tions of mur­der­ers ruled them in­ef­fec­tive, partly be­cause there was no lack of for­eign Arab donors pre­pared to buy the fam­i­lies new, big­ger homes.

Calls for the clo­sure of the West Bank, a method of­ten used in the past, have also been turned down so far. One rea­son is that se­cu­rity of­fi­cials be­lieve the fact that 47,000 Pales­tini­ans are cur­rently al­lowed to en­ter Is­rael to work ev­ery day has cre­ated a pow­er­ful fi­nan­cial in­cen­tive against more wide­spread vi­o­lence. That in­cen­tive would dis­ap­pear if a clo­sure was im­posed.

Nearly all the per­pe­tra­tors so far have been from East Jerusalem, an area that would not be af­fected by a clo­sure.

On Tues­day, fol­low­ing the bus at­tack in south-east Jerusalem, Mayor Nir Barkat called for a lock­down on the city’s Pales­tinian neigh­bour­hood. Such a dras­tic step is op­er­a­tionally next to im­pos­si­ble, ow­ing to the prox­im­ity of the Jewish and Arab neigh­bour­hoods — in some cases they are on ad­ja­cent streets. It would also of­fi­cially split the “uni­fied city” into two, a po­lit­i­cal taboo.

For now most po­lice and Shin Bet of­fi­cers say there is lit­tle to do but in­crease the num­ber of po­lice on the streets and civil­ian vig­i­lance — and hope things will fi­nally die down soon.


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