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The Cheesemaker Occupation Must End

(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.

There is both romance and practical necessity in this. The criminal Israeli siege of Gaza allows through food and clothing, but not knives.

Many 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.

The blood of children is hazardous to knives. So the Sheikh of Wadi Al-Zebel, a picturesque village nestled at the foot of an ammo dump, told me once. The blood of children is more acidic than that of adults and etches the blade. Each time a brave Palestinian fighter sinks his knife into a Jewish child, he damages the knife. It is an act of great self-sacrifice and some knives have been lost that way.

In London, the local Zionists are complaining that the intruder slit the throats of children. As if he could have done anything else. When the Israeli authorities in Tel Aviv have tanks, rocket ships, missile pistols and jet fighters, what other choice does the Palestinian have? Is he meant to attack a tank with a knife? He couldn't possibly succeed and it would not be a fair fight. But a Jewish baby against a Palestinian militant is a good fair fight.

I firmly believe that all human beings are brothers under the skin, but there is still no sympathy whatsoever in my pen for that Zionist settler family. They chose to live where they did. To be part of the occupation. They could have moved someplace safer such as Birmingham, Malmo or Paris. Places where Muslims kill Jews with far less frequency. There is nothing to be done about it. Such is the great humane legacy of its Empire of Faith. An empire that we are fortunate enough to have land on our shores. To disparage the occasional murder of infidels is to display a remarkable ingratitude to the culture which gave us reverse algebra, the hyacinth clock, the mercury sail and the inventively medieval poetry of Ibtach Al-Okhty. We would be immeasurably poorer without these things.

To understand the knife is to understand Islam. Both are sharp objects passed down through the generations and intended primarily for killing purposes. The flat of a knife's blade may seem dull and harmless, like the growing number of mosques you pass on your way to work. It is only when it turns that you see the edge and understand the danger. And by then it is often too late. A good knife wielder distracts you with the flat and then flips it around and sinks the sharp end of the blade into your guts. As you bleed out, you come to the realization that the hyacinth clocks and medieval poetry were all there to distract you from the inevitability of that final moment. That Islam is a knife and it is meant to be used on you.

The great tragedy of the Palestinian people is that they have been denied the use of their knives. As the proper course of history should have run, the British mandate would have withdrawn and the joyful populations of Jordan, Egypt and Syria would have fallen on the non-Muslim inhabitants and slaughtered them wholesale. A few survivors would have gone on tending their churches and synagogues, made humble and submissive by the knowledge that their Muslim lords and masters could slaughter them at any moment. So had it been since the days when the great Prophet Mohammed roared out of the caravans with an army of knives and swords in tow.

But here history broke. Instead of doing the slaughtering, the horde was put to flight. The Nakba, the creation of Israel, is almost as great a tragedy in the annals of Muslim civilization, as the Gates of Vienna or the loss of Al-Andalus. It was an unaccountable reversal that was simply not supposed to happen. The damage it did to the Muslim soul is incalculable. The knife had turned in their hands. Worse yet it was broken. They had lost faith in the knife. And without the knife, they had nothing left to believe in.

For 65 years they have sat in refugee camps, knives in hand, waiting for the day when they can return and put them to use. In 1992, only a small handful was permitted to return and immediately put their knives to good use. This was a period of such tremendous creative Islamic ferment. The suicide bomber, the IED and the female suicide bomber were added to the airline hijacking, the embassy takeover and the bus hijacking. With even this limited victory the great Muslim awakening had begun. But what of the millions who still sit, knives in hand, waiting to return? Who pass down their knives through the generations, sharpening them and awaiting the great day when they will no longer be failed refugees, but successful murderers.

The Zionist regime's resistance to the day of the knife is misguided and criminal. They have no right to the land. They lost that right when the Muslims conquered them. Tel Aviv's rulers preside over a reactionary state machinery of terror that represses the natural rights of the conquerors to reclaim the land they once stole in an orgy of blood and death. To use the knives passed down to them through the ages, as their prophet intended them to. And then create a secular democratic state that will protect the rights of all the region's Muslim male inhabitants.

The settlers squatting on their hilltops are impeding the progress of negotiations that will turn over enough land to make the defeat of Israel possible. Their obstinacy curdles the prospects for peace. Their messianic fanaticism is maddening as their towns and outposts stand in the way of history. If the horde faltered at the Gates of Vienna, that was at least a city. Think of how humiliating it is for the inheritors of Saladin, the grandsons of Caliphs and Sheikhs to stand frustrated by a few Jewish villagers. That terrible humiliation only feeds their rage. Murders are inevitable.

To lose to the American army is somewhat respectable. But to lose to a thousand villagers in Ithamar, to shepherds and cheesemakers, is intolerable. The diplomats and politicians are almost ready to give in, but the cheesemakers and herders refuse. Outrageous! So something is done. Murder a family of them and perhaps the cheesemakers and shepherds will leave. And the day of the knife will draw closer. The day when the humiliation of the Nakba will be lifted from the descendants of Mohammed.

But still the shepherds and the cheesemakers stand in their way. Humiliatingly they go on making cheese and tending sheep while the refugees polish their knives and pray. As all people of good will know there is only one possible resolution. The occupation of the cheesemakers and shepherds must end so that the day of the knife may come.

Tim Paulin is a world-renowned poet, Oxford don and traveled to Gaza to bring expired humanitarian supplies to the starving people of Hamas. He boycotts Israel and wears a Keffiyah at every possible social occasion where he expects to have a picture taken of him. And he dreams of a world in which we all learn to love one another.


  1. "Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us." Golda Meir

    Could words and persuasion have ever convinced the Nazi's to embrace peace?

    Only the fool and moral coward argue that a leopard can change its spots.

    "Islam' translated means "submission".

    Islam encourages when necessary, the murder of any who resist submission to Islam.

    Islam submits the notion that the God of the old and new testament (Allah) favors making people obey his commandments. A notion completely contrary to both God's prior actions and very spirit of the lessons and messages the Bible seeks to convey. Islam simply cannot be of "the book", as the differences are irreconcilable.

    Which makes it, quite literally, a death cult.

    Thus, the very nature of the "people of the knife" is, when they can get away with it, to meet resistance with murder.

    Alas, those who live by the gun shall die by the gun. What goes around, comes around. They bring their own Karma upon them.

    The 'moderate' Muslim, the equivalent of a 'lapsed Catholic' is simply someone who is in denial about the very tenets and consequences of the 'faith' that they profess to follow.

  2. Well done satire is a lost art, and often dangerous in this age where critical thinking has been effectively replaced with mindless social twitter. Thank you for this reminder that a skilled wordsmith can drive home a point better than any 60 second commercial.

  3. "Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us."

    This is not correct. Peace will come when the Arabs FEAR terrorism as much as they love to wield it upon others.

  4. I can just imagine the reaction in a mosque near you, where this piece will be read out, and no-one will get the satire...hehehe

  5. Anonymous28/8/12

    The seething spittle flecked Mosque goers will rejoice in this article in the foolish belief the writer is stating his true feelings and is not taking the piss. LOL

  6. Anonymous28/8/12

    Great writing, but it is truly time to turn out the prospective Media and anti-Israel Jewish Organizational Kapos in our midst. The individuals, publications, and organizations seem well known, as well as what could be their self-interests and possible monetary benefits in being the good Court Jews for an anti-Israel few that dismiss American Jewish and Israeli interests that hurt us all, as well as the ultimate national interests of our country, which are more in accord with Israel than the Muslim Brotherhood or failed intellectual sophistry about a "two-state" solution with a violent Palestinian partner that wants Israel's destruction. It is time to "call a spade, a spade" in our own community, and exorcize these self-haters and frauds. Let them become the Protestants and other denominations that they so achingly want to be.

  7. Anonymous29/8/12

    "Blessed are the cheese makers!"
    Monty Python- The Life of Brian

  8. Shiva29/8/12

    Please, read this very careful, this article is not a satire, The Author of this is Tom Paulin, not Tim.

    This is the same Paulin that in an interview he gave to the state-owned Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram Weekly, he told the newspaper that Brooklyn-born Jewish settlers "should be shot dead" and that "they are Nazis, racists. I feel nothing but hatred for them.

    He also wrote

    Killed in the Crossfire
    We're fed this inert
    this lying phrase
    like comfort food
    as another little Palestinian boy
    in trainers jeans and a white teeshirt
    is gunned down by the Zionist SS
    whose initials we should
    - but we don't - dumb goys -
    clock in that weasel word crossfire

    The only satire in this is the description of the Author

    Tim Paulin is a world-renowned poet, Oxford don and traveled to Gaza to bring expired humanitarian supplies to the starving people of Hamas

  9. I wondered why you posted this, Sultan.
    I've heard of this guy before - he is grotesque.

  10. Shiva30/8/12

    Sorry, I am wrong in my above comment, where I claim that this was written by Tom Paulin. But by judging by his earlier writings and statements, this could quite easily have been written by him, any-way the point is skillfully made: that this is where the current Leftist mindset inexorably and logically leads, to a 21st century re-incarnation of Jew hatred and Nazism.

    By the way Daniel, this article reminded me of the cover of Leon Uris,s book "The Haj"

  11. He didn't write it. I did. But it's a satirical piece that reflects his work.

  12. Rabelad31/8/12

    "Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us."

    This is not correct for another reason. Peace will come when Jews love each other AND their children enough to win this war against Arab terror to a total and decisive victory. Truth is that the Israeli government allows a certain level of terror to persist because to fight it effectively would mean upsetting the naive PC lemmings as well as the real Jew-haters around the world who bitterly complained every time Israel has seriously tried to defend herself. Condoleezza Rice was an example of this when she put pressure on ex-Israeli PM Ulmert to halt an invasion of Gaza that would have at least set back the terrorists for a long time, but he gave in to her pressure. If Israeli leaders would love their own people and children more than they crave the approval of the nations they would snuff out all terror and win this war decisively. Pledges by Israeli PMs that they will eradicate terror after particularly heinous murders are mere lies since the pattern has been that after such promises Israel settles into another period of allowing subsequent terrorist acts to go unpunished. Terror persists because Israel accepts a certain level of violence from the Arabs and accepts a certain amount of Jewish dead as the price of not upsetting the Jew-haters around the world too much.


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