This piece by Haaretz’s Gideon Levy appeared on Middle East Eye on June 30th. I excerpt a few bits below, but I’d urge you to read it in its entirety. It speaks for itself, very painfully. I’m too old for naivety but apparently maintain the capacity for bewilderment that our political leaders collude with their shameful silence in the incremental genocide of the Palestinians of Gaza. Never again, indeed.

“One of the biggest experiments involving human subjects ever conducted anywhere is taking place right before our eyes, and the world is silent.

“The project is at its peak and the world shows no interest. This experiment on human beings, unsanctioned by any of the international scientific institutions whose oversight is required by the Helsinki Declaration, seeks to examine human behaviour in situations of extreme stress and deprivation.

“The experimental group does not comprise just a few, nor dozens or hundreds, nor thousands or tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of people. The experimental population includes no fewer than two million human beings…

“At first Gaza was deprived of electricity for about a third of each 24 hours, then for about half, and now the level has been ratcheted up such that the two million residents of Gaza have electricity for only about 2.5 hours in each 24. Let’s see what that does to them. Let’s watch how they respond. And how about when they are supplied with electricity for only a single hour per day? Or for one hour per week? This experiment is still in its early stages, and no one can foresee its end…

“Israel bears primary responsibility for this situation, due to the siege it imposes, but Israel is certainly not the only culprit.

“The PA and Egypt are full partners in this crime. Yes, crime. This is 2017 and preventing millions of human beings from receiving electricity means depriving them of oxygen and water. Israel’s responsibility cries out to the heavens because Gaza is still under partial Israeli occupation.

“Gaza is dying, slowly. Elsewhere, its suffering matters to no one. No one in Washington, or Brussels, or Jerusalem, or Cairo nor even in Ramallah. Incredibly, there is evidently almost no one who cares that two million people are abandoned to the dark at night and to the sweltering heat of the summer days, with nowhere to run and no shred of hope. Nothing.”

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