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The ties that bind Jerusalem, by MATTI FRIEDMAN (Globe & Mail via HonestReporting)

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Dec. 15, 2017

…”the impression that Jerusalem is a violent place, but that’s misleading. If you count every single violent fatality reported here this year in this city of 860,000 – not just political violence but apolitical homicides, too – the number is 27. That’s 27 too many, obviously. But it’s worth pointing out that 27 is less than a quarter of the homicide number last year in Jacksonville, Fla., a U.S. city the same size.”…

…”What all of this means is that working hands in Jewish Jerusalem are increasingly Palestinian, as one sees in every corner of the Talpiot industrial zone. And it means that salaries in Palestinian homes increasingly come from Israeli employers. So Palestinians and Israelis might not like each other, but their fates are becoming more tightly entwined, and everyone has more to lose if things fall apart. That’s a big part of the city’s secret glue. “…

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