The truck-ramming incident in Jerusalem that took place on 8 January 2017 is a reminder to anyone with a passing interest in Israel-Palestine that life remains in a state of abnormality across the geography of historic Palestine. Comparisons have been made in media coverage to the 2016 truck-ramming incidents in Nice and Berlin, which have led to theories of a copycat attack. Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has perhaps unsurprisingly drawn a connection between these two European attacks, both claimed by Islamic State, and this most recent event in Jerusalem. The truck attack is quickly being incorporated into a narrative of a ‘new wave of terrorism’ in which Western audiences are witnessing a transformation of the objects of everyday life into tools of unpredictable violence.
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