Newspaper headlines: Synagogue attack, Paddington movie and Klass v Miliband
Bloody images from Jerusalem, where two cleaver-wielding Palestinians ran amok in a Synagogue, feature in most papers.
"Terror in the temple," is how the i sums up the incident, which left four rabbis and a policeman dead. Among them was Liverpool-raised Avraham Goldberg, who's described by his cousin as a "peace-loving" and "tolerant" grandfather in the Independent.
It's just the latest of several incidents and David Blair writes in the Daily Telegraph that tensions have risen since radical Israeli politicians demanded the right to pray in the sacred area of the Old City known to Jews as Temple Mount. "Within these 37 acres lie the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque, along with the remains of the first and second Jewish Temples and the Western Wall... The sacred places of the two faiths are so intermingled that deciding where one begins and the other ends is impossible without bitter dispute."
Under the title "flashpoint of two faiths", the Daily Mail prints a graphic of Temple Mount, showing the key sites of contention and their turbulent histories.
Catherine Philip writes in the Times that recent attacks have involved everyday objects - knives, screwdrivers, cars - being used as weapons. "Most appear to have involved little or no planning. Security experts warn that this kind of uprising is the most challenging to counter because there is no knowing who will wake up one morning and decide to kill, and no leader to call an end to it."
"That could change," writes Harriet Sherwood in the Guardian. "At least four Palestinian militant groups... hailed the synagogue attack, and they may seek to drive forward future operations." She adds: "Almost everyone agrees: further acts of horror and bloodshed will occur if the underlying causes of the conflict are unresolved."
And the Daily Mirror argues: "Terrible attacks like this make it hard to imagine that this deadly conflict stretching back decades will ever reach an end - yet hope must never surrender to despair."
The Daily Telegraph has some fun at the expense of the British Board for Film Classification for giving the Paddington film a PG rating on the basis that, as Tuesday's Mail reported, it included "mild sex references" among scenes potentially unsuitable for young children. The "sex references" arise from a scene "where a man dresses as a woman", while another problematic scene involved a villain threatening to "kill and stuff" the bear, the Telegraph's editorial points out.
"Let us hope that no one has previously read to children at the film the story of Peter Rabbit, whose father was actually put in a pie by Mrs McGregor. Nor should those children be exposed to any pantomime dames before Christmas."
In fairness, Times reviewer Wendy Ide noticed her son covering his eyes during the creepy bits, such as a "genuinely scary" scene where a "scalpel-wielding psychopath... leers over an unconscious Paddington, fondling her taxidermy implements". But she adds: "It didn't impact on his very vocal enjoyment of the film." As a result, she gives it four stars and assures parents: "Since Paddington is a bear with fine manners, the film never resorts to a barrage of fart gags."
Political correspondents enjoy seeing Ed Miliband "put to the sword" - as the Telegraph puts it - by musician and model Myleene Klass who, it says, left the Labour leader "squirming" when she claimed his plans for a mansion tax to help fund the NHS would hit "little grannies". "Myleene outKlasses Ed," on ITV show The Agenda, is the Daily Express's verdict. The paper's cartoonist Paul Thomas pictures Mr Miliband complaining: "I didn't come here to be rubbished." In the sketch, the celebrity responds: "Where do you normally go?"
The Mirror's Kevin Maguire sees things differently, saying Mr Miliband could do worse than to pick enemies among the "selfish affluent". He adds: "He should have exposed Myleene Klass's egocentric pleading rather than treating her with kid gloves. The Labour leader would have gone for David Cameron's jugular if the Tory toff had pulled the same stunt." Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell revisits Klass's appearance on reality TV, tweaking the ITV show title to "I'm a Celebrity... Don't Tax My Hice" and seeing her attacked by a cluster of tiny versions of his trademark Miliband Panda during a "bushtucker challenge".
Meanwhile, the Mail is unimpressed with the politician's response, saying "the Labour leader resorted to launching an online attack on the singer yesterday - with a jibe that referenced her most famous hit". It reproduces one of Mr Miliband's tweets linking to a blog entry with the words "Here's why our NHS needs a mansion tax. It's Pure and Simple" - a reference to a No 1 hit by Klass's old band Hear'Say. As the Guardian points out, it took the Labour leader 12 hours to issue his riposte.
Wealthy Americans are making it a good day for animals. The Telegraph reports that Sam Simon, the Hollywood producer behind The Simpsons, has donated thousands of pounds towards the rescue of a "gay" bull from a farm in Ireland. Benjy, a Charolais, had reportedly been destined for slaughter because his owner had become frustrated at his lack of sexual interest in cows.
However, thanks to Mr Simon's generosity, Benjy will now spend the rest of his days at a Norfolk sanctuary. The producer is quoted as saying: "All animals have a dire destiny in the meat trade but to kill this bull because he's gay would've been a double tragedy."
Meanwhile, the Times reports that exotic animals at the famous Jersey zoo set up by Gerald Durrell could be saved thanks to a late former Playboy model, who left her jewellery collection to be auctioned to raise money for the centre's owners. Some 85 items belonging to Uta Pearson, who died last year, are expected to raise up to £120,000. "The future of the park has absolutely been in doubt," the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust tells the paper.
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