Below you will read a portion of a missive that excoriates Israeli aggression in Gaza. The authors of this opposition are scientists and doctors who harshly criticize their colleagues in Gaza for not rising up to speak out against the Israeli military presence in Gaza. Italicized comments show the Israeli actions not as one sided and inhumane as the scientists and doctors posit.
As we write, other massacres and threats to the medical personnel in emergency services and denial of entry for international humanitarian convoys are reported. We as scientists and doctors cannot keep silent while this crime against humanity continues. We urge readers not to be silent too(readers who vocalize their opposition are likely to jeopardize the well being of themselves and their families. There is voluminous atrocity committed daily in this world. Many regions on this planet are not safe and that will never change!). Gaza trapped under siege, is being killed by one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated modern military machines. The land is poisoned by weapon debris, with consequences for future generations. If those of us capable of speaking up fail to do so and take a stand against this war crime, we are also complicit in the destruction of the lives and homes of 1·8 million people in Gaza.(The charge of complicity for not interceding to stop the Israeli invasion in Gaza is excessive. People have to live their lives and can not be martyrs for every injustice that manifests)
We register with dismay that only 5% of our Israeli academic colleagues signed an appeal to their government to stop the military operation against Gaza. (If it were Gaza attacking Israel, no more than 5% of Gaza academics and doctors would sign a similar appeal) We are tempted to conclude that with the exception of this 5%, the rest of the Israeli academics are complicit in the massacre and destruction of Gaza. We also see the complicity of our countries in Europe and North America in this massacre and the impotence once again of the international institutions and organisations to stop this massacre.