he contributors to this book are telling the story of our anger and disgust and horror. You will not be surprised to discover that there is darkness in many of the texts that follow. But there is also joy and beauty. Its aim is much less to accuse than to paint a correct picture of what most of the world seemingly does not see, or chooses not to see, and we think that a right recognition of the reality of Gaza today needs to be accompanied by the right remedial action. Such action is in the hands of all of us, even if the leaders of the world, who are indeed in the best position to act, do not. What is at stake in Gaza goes well beyond the politics of sides and enters the consideration of crime and of killing. There are many accomplices on both sides and as in any crime, they, too, must be held accountable. Bishop Tutu has said that “if you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” The work presented here by many artists and writers from all corners of the world attempts, unlike the non-actions of those who actually have political clout and power, to choose the side of the oppressed. Suddenly, in the face of these killings, it does not matter that tunnels have been dug, or that rockets are being launched at Israeli cities. Even if you are right, what suddenly matters is choosing to kill your opponent, who is weaker.

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