Daily Archive: April 14, 2017

Apr
14

The cause of death that dare not speak its name: austerity | Gary Younge

The reasons for knife crime are complex, but it’s wrong to ignore the impact of cuts to youth funding

On Monday Cedric Anderson, the estranged husband of a special education teacher, Karen Smith, walked into her primary school classroom in San Bernardino, California, and shot dead both her and eight-year-old Jonathan Martinez; injured two other children; and then fatally shot himself. Martinez was the 67th child under the age of 11 to be shot dead in America this year. (Four more have been killed since then.) Smith, who had married Anderson just a few months earlier, was just one of the estimated 50 women in the US to be shot dead by a current or former partner each month. Of the 91 mass shootings so far this year, almost one a day, all of those where the identity of the shooter is known were committed by men.

Every day in America, on average, seven children and teens are shot dead. While writing a book exploring the gun fatalities on one random day, I asked every family who I reached an open-ended question about what they thought was driving such shootings. Not a single one volunteered the answer “guns”. I concluded that many I spoke to regarded guns as one might regard traffic, if your child were knocked down – as the regrettable, tragic price one pays for living in modern society, about which little can be done. Similarly, when mass shootings take place commentators will discuss a range of issues – religion, gang affiliation, mental health and race – but masculinity rarely comes up. It’s simply been so factored in to our understanding of how the world works that it escapes scrutiny.

Related: Beyond the blade: marking the death of every child and teen by a knife in 2017

Related: Beyond the blade: the truth about knife crime in Britain

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Apr
14

China regulator’s detention heralds purge on insurers

War hero’s downfall opens campaign aimed at biggest financial groups

Apr
14

Jerusalem stabbing: British student, 20, killed close to Old City

Hannah Bladon, a University of Birmingham student, allegedly killed by Palestinian assailant on light railway

The young British victim of a fatal stabbing in Jerusalem has been named as Hannah Bladon, 20, a University of Birmingham student who was visiting the city as part of an exchange programme.

She was killed on Friday as thousands of Jewish and Christian pilgrims descended on the city’s holy sites for Good Friday and the Passover holiday.

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Apr
14

Balfour declaration still creating division | Letters

Sadly, Professor Hassassian’s piece (Opinion, 13 April) has nothing to say about the Palestinian leadership’s propagation of anti-Jewish hate speech, support for terrorism and continued rejection of peace talks. Nowhere in the text does Hassassian express any desire for peace and reconciliation. This invites the crucial question: what is the Palestinian leadership communicating to Israel? His refusal to come to terms with the Balfour declaration’s “national home for the Jewish people” is precisely the sort of intransigence that prevents a solution to the conflict.
Mark Regev
Ambassador, Embassy of Israel

• I wholeheartedlyagree with Manuel Hassassian that Britain must stop rubbing salt in the wounds of Palestinians, whose human rights are being violated while the British government claims to be standing up for rights around the world. Britain has done little to repair the damage caused during British rule in Palestine, and celebrating the Balfour declaration of 1917 highlights Britain’s unwillingness to undo the wrongs of the past century. Recognition of Palestine will not immediately end the Israeli occupation. But such recognition would be an important symbol of support for the Palestinian cause, warning Israel that its repressive and illegal policies will not be tolerated. This is the least Palestine deserves, given the decades of suffering.
Lauren Jones
Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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Apr
14

British Student Is Fatally Stabbed on Train in Jerusalem

The attacker, a Palestinian man with a history of mental illness, was subdued by an off-duty police officer and another passenger.

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