The Qalandiya refugee camp north of Jerusalem, where two IDF soldiers were extracted after being attacked on Monday, is awash with automatic weapons and trigger-happy
Palestinians who are very willing to fire on the first Israelis they see in their neighborhood.
Yet the Palestinian Authority could also find itself under fire in such places. It does not send its forces into this area, even though it is under its security jurisdiction.
The rioting encountered by the IDF soldiers is not an indication of a general escalation in Palestinian violence.
Rather, it is a reminder that in “refugee camps” in Kalandiya, Nablus, Jenin, and even Shuafat in northeast Jerusalem, gunmen wander around openly, while youths with firebombs and rocks loiter on the streets, and the PA police are not present.