Gunman Wounds Eight in Jerusalem Shooting

    Photo: AFP/Getty Images [via New York Post]

    The Facts

    • A Palestinian man opened fire on a bus in Jerusalem on Sun., reportedly wounding eight people, five of which were US citizens. Two of those shot were in serious condition, including a pregnant woman and a man with gunshot wounds to the head and neck.

    • The attack occurred as the bus was waiting near Zion Gate in Jerusalem's old city near the Western Wall and was allegedly carried out by Amir Sidawi - a resident of east Jerusalem who is said to have later surrendered himself to the police.

    The Spin

    Pro-Israel narrative

    This is but the latest instance of Arab violence in Israel. With tensions still high after the recent strikes in Gaza, Israeli security forces must be diligent in the face of more dangerous terrorist activity, where attackers may seek to damage the very fabric of Israeli life. Fortunately, the police have proven they can be trusted to protect Israelis.

    Pro-Palestine narrative

    While violence should never be condoned, such incidents come as a reaction to Israeli acts of aggression against Palestinians. Israel has launched several military operations and killed dozens of Palestinians in the West Bank this year alone - not to mention last week's brutal attack on Gaza - enflaming the security situation by radicalizing Palestinians to seek revenge.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 50% chance that Israel will recognize Palestine by 2071, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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