Israeli border policemen patrol the Via Dolorosa street in Jerusalem's Old City October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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A month ago, you couldn't get a table in Abu Shukri's hummus restaurant. Tucked in a backstreet of the Old City, off the Via Dolorosa, the place has long been regarded as the best hummus joint in the Holy Land. But on Oct. 2, yards from Abu Shukri's front door, a Palestinian law student stabbed and killed two Israelis, one of the first attacks in a wave of violence that has left 11 Israelis and 61 Palestinians, including 34 assailants, dead.Shopkeepers in the Old City, which is divided into four quarters – Muslim, Christian, Armenian and Jewish – always complain about business.More than 300,000 of Jerusalem's 800,000 population are Palestinian, many of whom descend on the Old City at some point during the week.A focus of Palestinian anger has been over the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City, a sacred site also revered by Jews as the location of two ancient temples.
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