At the time of publication of ROOM 10.23, we witnessed the state of Israel announce the collective punishment of the besieged Gaza Strip, cutting off water, food, electricity, and fuel to a population of 2.3 million, half of whom are children.
Palestinians in Gaza have been living under a siege imposed by Israel since 2007. The coastal enclave is frequently characterized as the world’s largest open-air prison. On October 9th, the Israeli defense minister described Palestinians living in Gaza as “human animals,” stating, “we will act accordingly.” The Israeli army has since been indiscriminately bombing densely populated areas, including markets, hospitals, homes and schools. At the time of this writing, around 1.5 million people—two-thirds of the entire population of Gaza—have been displaced from their homes.
My essay, “A World Not Good Enough” published in ROOM 10.23 was written several months prior to these events. It remains relevant now, as the campaign of extermination and starvation against the Palestinian people is cheered on by the “rules-based order,” and the world stands aside.
—Abdel Aziz Al Bawab, MD
Abdel Aziz Al Bawab, MD, is a psychiatry resident at the University of New Mexico, and chief resident of psychotherapy. He is the recipient of the 4th Annual Austen Riggs Award for excellence in psychotherapy.
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