Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

Gideon Levy on the pipeline of blood

And there lie the bodies

By Gideon Levy

The legend, lest it be a true story, tells of how the late mathematician, Professor Haim Hanani, asked his students at the Technion to draw up a plan for constructing a pipe to transport blood from Haifa to Eilat. The obedient students did as they were told. Using logarithmic rulers, they sketched the design for a sophisticated pipeline. They meticulously planned its route, taking into account the landscape’s topography, the possibility of corrosion, the pipe’s diameter and the flow calibration. When they presented their final product, the professor rendered his judgment: You failed. None of you asked why we need such a pipe, whose blood will fill it, and why it is flowing in the first place.

Regardless of whether this story is legend or true, Israel is now failing its own blood pipeline test. As Israel has been preoccupied with Gaza throughout the entire week, nobody has asked whose blood is being spilled and why. Everything is permitted, legitimate and just. The moral voice of restraint, if it ever existed, has been left behind. Even if Israel wiped Gaza off the face of the earth, killing tens of thousands in the process, as a Chechnyan laborer working in Sderot proposed to me, one can assume that there would be no protest.

For the rest of this article, go to Ha’aretz

3 comments on “Gideon Levy on the pipeline of blood

  1. Anonymous
    January 10, 2009

    it is interesting. so much hue and cry was made against saddam’s brutalities in the run up to the iraq invasion; but where are the tears for the scores of innocent women and children killed in gaza ? US even abstained in the UN vote.basicaly it is the < HREF="" REL="nofollow">israel lobby at work<> even wrt mumbai attacks they come up with < HREF="" REL="nofollow">CRS research reports<> such as these….indian govt should develop a lobby like the israel.even pak is doing a better diplomatic job to further its interest in spite of blatant violations.

  2. child
    January 9, 2009

    STOP this War.Stop this blood shed.It is not just Gaza children who are being killed. One who started war has started it by killing each one of us, by making us to keep our mouths wide shut.Wake up. Scream. Stop that coward who started this war to kill humanity in each one of us.STOP THIS ADAMANT COWARD FROM KILLING HUMANITY. STOP that corrupt coward from killing us. Stop that corrupt blood hungry from taking us from killing us from making us silent.

  3. Anonymous
    January 6, 2009


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