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.
The region’s “chemical genies” of the early 20th century were heralded as reaching into the future to create a more abundant life for all. Instead, they deprived future generations of their health and well-being.