'This Isn't a Way to Live'

What the latest Israel-Palestine conflict looks like on the ground.

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Reuters

On Sunday, Slate writer Dahlia Lithwick (currently in Jerusalem on book leave) posted a meditation on what it's like to be in Israel right now. "You want to hear about what it’s like here?" she writes. "It’s fucking sad." In her essay, Lithwick implores us all to "shut up and listen."

The only way to cut through the mutual agony here is to find people who have solutions and to hear what they have to say. Bombing the other side into oblivion is no more a solution than counting your dead children in public. The best thing about shutting up and listening? You eventually lose the impulse to speak. Please don’t judge. Work toward solutions. Because everyone on every side of this is desperate. This isn’t a way to live and we all know it.

Below, images from the conflict, by Reuters photographers.

Palestinians gather around a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)
Israelis stand on a balcony and look at the scene where a rocket landed in Ashkelon. (Amir Cohen/Reuters)


An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man watches as a truck transports Iron Dome anti-missiles batteries in Ashdod. (Darren Whiteside/Reuters)
Palestinians are seen from a damaged car window as they gather around the scene of an Israeli air strike on a motorcycle in Gaza City. Israel bombed militant targets in Gaza for a fifth straight day on Sunday, launching aerial and naval attacks as its military prepared for a possible ground invasion, though Egypt saw "some indications" of a truce ahead. (Ahmed Zakot/Reuters)



 Palestinians gather around a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. Ten Palestinian civilians were killed on Sunday in an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza, Palestinian medics said, the highest civilian death toll in a single incident during five days of fighting. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

About the Author

  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.