(As Daniel Greenfield was otherwise occupied today, we instead present this editorial from 'The Independent" by renowned English poet and human rights activist Tim Paulin)
I have seen
many news reports about the murder of a settler family by an unknown
intruder, but none of these reports have made note of the real tragedy
in this case. That of the knife. Jewish children are a dime a dozen. One
can hardly walk through Jerusalem without being able to throw a stone
in the direction of half a dozen of them. But knives are a vital part of
Palestinian culture. A good throat slitting knife may be handed down
through the generations.
When I visited Gaza in July, I
met a brave fighter who showed me a knife which his grandfather used to
slit the throat of a Jew in Hebron in 1933, and his father used in a
raid on a farmhouse in 1962 and which he hopes to use one day as well.
is both romance and practical necessity in this. The criminal Israeli
siege of Gaza allows through food and clothing, but not knives.
Gazans must make do with a single knife for the entire family. Only one
of them is able to use the knife at a time. If the grandmother of a
large family wants to slice bread while her grandson breaks into a
settlement to slit a baby's throat-- she has no choice but to starve.
That is the real tragedy here