Last week, Munzer Nashishibi, 50, witnessed three young men surround his 20-year-old Palestinian neighbor and spray gas in his face. Nashishibi's house is flanked by an Israeli settlement. (IRIN/Annie Slemrod)
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With dozens killed in Israeli air raids on Gaza and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warning that the situation is "on a knife-edge", relations between Palestinians and Israelis are disintegrating.Since the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers several weeks ago, relations between Arabs and Israelis in the city have become increasingly fractious. The teens were last week found dead near the West Bank town of Hebron; sparking revenge attacks by far-right Jewish settlers. Anger has increased on both sides, with Jewish mobs attacking Arab communities and Palestinians protesting and sometimes carrying out attacks as well. Sami, switching between Arabic and nearly fluent Hebrew, pointed out that he has many Israeli friends who have called to see how he is doing, but that his family and other Palestinians are living in fear of an attack by far-right groups. On the weekend, a group of Palestinians protested minutes from her home.Carnegie's Sayigh said that during the last Israeli airstrikes against Gaza in 2012, the Israeli-occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem remained quiet, but that this crisis had seen the Israeli forces stretched between the two.
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