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Working for the Clampdown

By Matthew Yglesias

"Working for the Clampdown"

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CNN reports on new restrictions on Palestinian movement in the West Bank:

Israel barred men younger than 50 from entering Jerusalem mosques for Friday prayers and closed West Bank border crossings in hopes of preventing protests or violence over its bombing campaign in Gaza. [...] Thousands of police officers patrolled the streets of the old city and east Jerusalem. Only Palestinian men over 50 who held Israeli-issued identity cards were allowed inside mosques to pray. No such restrictions applied to women.

Concern over potential attacks prompted Israel to close all entry points from the West Bank until Saturday night.

The Defense Ministry said it would consider allowing passage for “those in need of humanitarian or medical aid as well as other specific incidents.”

Such are the wages of life as a subject people. The Jerusalem Post writes about “a general curfew on the West Bank” being imposed, though they don’t go into detail about what exactly that means. Obviously, the overwhelming majority of Palestinians had no intention of killing any Israelis this morning, but everyone takes the hit. Meanwhile, I heard on NPR this morning that Hamas had specifically disclaimed any interest in a cease-fire — apparently their view is that if they can provoke Israeli into launching a bloody ground operation in Gaza that this will help their movement and nevermind the cost to people.

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