Underground (Gaza 2014)


Israeli media may not show to the same degree, if at all, the destruction and death suffered by Palestinians in Gaza. But nor have I seen any description of battlefield conditions in western media like the ones in these articles from the Times of Israel, which you can read here and here. Gaza resembles a militarized version of a warren in a story by Kafka. The articles describe dug-in urban fighting environments with command centers, firing platforms, and tunnels burrowed alongside and under homes, mosques, schools, and hospitals and crossing the border into Israel The destruction above ground suggests strongly that Israel is now fighting in areas of Gaza according to something that looks less like pin-point operations, but something more like the Dahiyah doctrine –referring to the Hezbollah stronghold in a neighborhood in southern Beirut ripped up and destroyed by the Israeli army during the last Lebanon war. One wants this to end, but there’s no end in sight.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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