The Palestinian-Arab terrorists have long understood the emotive power of attacking visibly Jewish Jews. The more Jewish-looking, the more Jewish the nature of the target, the stronger the statement the haters are able to make. There are strong parallels to this in our parents' and grandparents' generation as the pictures on the right and below remind us, and as the history of Arab complicity in the Nazi holocaust of the Jews demonstrates.
This morning, two weeks after a massacre of unarmed schoolchildren in a Jewish religious seminary in Jerusalem, a rabbi who teaches at one of the numerous yeshivot in the holy city of Jerusalem (why are Iranian and Iraqi cities routinely called holy in the mainstream media, but Jerusalem - holy to three religions - never?) was stabbed in broad daylight by a Palestinian-Arab terrorist who thrust a knife into his neck. The rabbi was rushed to Hadassah's Ein Kerem medical center where he is getting emergency treatment at this moment.
It's worth mentioning that in this practical, no-nonsense country, the practical, no-nonsense police are on heightened alert throughout Israel ahead of the festival Purim which starts at the end of this week. The thinking here - based on years of bitter experience with a callous and hate-driven enemy - is that the Palestinian-Arab dark forces are planning a terror attack to coincide with the holiday. Very much their style to focus on Jewish holidays, Jewish institutions and Jewish symbolism as targets for their barbarism.