[Marxism] Uri Avnery: The Great Experiment
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Sun Oct 15 23:51:59 MDT 2006
Uri Avnery's Column
The Great Experiment
IS IT possible to force a whole people to submit to foreign occupation
by starving it?
That is, certainly, an interesting question. So interesting, indeed,
that the governments of Israel and the United States, in close
cooperation with Europe, are now engaged in a rigorous scientific
experiment in order to obtain a definitive answer.
The laboratory for the experiment is the Gaza Strip, and the guinea pigs
are the million and a quarter Palestinians living there.
IN ORDER to meet the required scientific standards, it was necessary
first of all to prepare the laboratory.
That was done in the following way: First, Ariel Sharon uprooted the
Israeli settlements that were stuck there. After all, you can't conduct
a proper experiment with pets roaming around the laboratory. It was done
with "determination and sensitivity", tears flowed like water, the
soldiers kissed and embraced the evicted settlers, and again it was
shown that the Israeli army is the most-most in the world.
With the laboratory cleaned, the next phase could begin: all entrances
and exits were hermetically sealed, in order to eliminate disturbing
influences from the world outside. That was done without difficulty.
Successive Israeli governments have prevented the building of a harbor
in Gaza, and the Israeli navy sees to it that no ship approaches the
shore. The splendid international airport, built during the Oslo days,
was bombed and shut down. The entire Strip was closed off by a highly
effective fence, and only a few crossings remained, all but one
controlled by the Israeli army.
There remained a sole connection with the outside world: the Rafah
border crossing to Egypt. It could not just be sealed off, because that
would have exposed the Egyptian regime as a collaborator with Israel. A
sophisticated solution was found: to all appearances the Israeli army
left the crossing and turned it over to an international supervision
team. Its members are nice guys, full of good intentions, but in
practice they are totally dependent on the Israeli army, which oversees
the crossing from a nearby control room. The international supervisors
live in an Israeli kibbutz and can reach the crossing only with Israeli
So everything was ready for the experiment.
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