Tuesday, December 18, 2007

To Die With the Philistines

By Uri Avnery

"The most famous words ever spoken in Gaza were the last words of Samson (Judges 16:30): "Let me die with the Philistines!"

According to the Biblical story, Samson took hold of the central pillars of the Philistine temple and brought down the whole building upon the lords of the Philistines, the people of Gaza, and himself. The teller of the story sums it all up: "So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life."

A story of suffering, destruction, and death. It may be about to repeat itself now, only with the roles reversed: the temple may be brought down by the Palestinians (who took their name from the Philistines), and among the dead will be the lords of Israel......"

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