CBC Current | 08Jan2009 | Orest Slepokura

The Current:
RE "Statistical" response to genocide (Thursday, 08Jan09program)

Psychologist Paul Slovik, who shared the findings of his research into people's "statistical" response to genocide and tendency to identify with some victims and not others, credits a talk by Nobel laureate and Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel with originally stirring his interest in his field of study. Which begs the question: Why has Mr Wiesel not said anything about what Israel's been up to in Gaza?  I have to  wonder, since Elie Wiesel, more than any human rights campaigner I know, has so often urged attendees at his lectures to never stay silent when confronted with the spectre of a minority enduring persecution. Now . . . If the Palestinians under Israeli military siege in Gaza -- following months of blockade -- are not a minority made to endure persecution, then I don't know what is.

Orest Slepokura