More than two weeks of violence have sparked concerns of a full-scale uprising. President Obama has called on both Israeli and Palestinian leaders to tamp down inflammatory rhetoric. The arson attack on Joseph's Tomb in Nablus came as Palestinians called for a "Friday of revolution" against Israel and as clashes along the border with the Gaza Strip saw Israeli fire kill two Palestinians, one of them a student and wound 98.
The violence began on October 1, when a suspected cell of the Islamist movement Hamas murdered a Jewish settler couple in the West Bank in front of their children.Those killings followed repeated clashes at east Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound in September between Israeli forces and Palestinian youths.In New York, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned Friday's "reprehensible" attack, at the opening of a Security Council meeting on the violence. Endangered Scholars Worldwide are gravely concered about the escalation of the conflict and its negative reverberations on higher education.