Israel’s War Against Palestine: Documenting the Military Occupation of Palestinian and Arab Lands

Haaretz: Formulas for siege

29 October 2010

Haaretz editorial – 29 Oct 2010

The documents that were disclosed displayed the inhumanity of Israel’s closure policy in all its glory. But the [Gaza] blockade had long since proven itself to be not only an immoral instrument of policy, but also an ineffective one. None of its declared aims has been achieved: not the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and not the weakening of Hamas, which has only reinforced its rule under the closure.

Israel has apparently understood this, even if outrageously belatedly and only following international pressure. The Turkish-sponsored flotilla convinced it to relax the blockade a bit.

But the use of mathematical formulas to calculate basic humanitarian needs cannot help but raise parallels with the most monstrous uses of science. Blood-curdling calculations were made over the suffering of a civilian population numbering 1.5 million individuals. This inhumanity was also expressed in the cynical wording of the documents.

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