To suffer by not having enough to eat, adequate shelter, medical care and so on are certainly real, lived experiences.
But to have these conditions imposed on a populace, and to support the continuation of policies that lead to these consequences, is as much a symbolic act as it is a horrible reality for the residents of the Gaza Strip.
The symbolism of deprivation is apparently acceptable to Goldberg as long as real people suffer and, in some cases, die. So abandon our sense of humanity in order to make a political point, and that is OK?
The writer is a lecturer in political science at Cal State Long Beach.
Goldberg presumes the very point he sets out to prove: that the blockade of Gaza works.
In a very emotional argument, he has missed the obvious — that Israel's blockade of Gaza has only served to strengthen and consolidate Hamas' control over the people of Gaza.