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Reply To: Have you ever been told that supporting Israel prevents you from supporting Palestinians? After taking this course, how would you go about responding to false accusations like this?

Cristina Varela

I’ve never been told verbatim that supporting Israel prevents me from supporting Palestinians but I think anyone on social media last summer could tell you that was implied by the sheer number of celebrities painting Israel as evil aggressors and Palestinians as poor victims. Ironically, none of the celebrities who posted in support of Palestine would be accepted by a predominantly Muslim country governed under Sharia of any shape of form.

Though it may seem crass, in my personal situation, I would challenge those acquaintances who get their news off an instagram highlight to simply do their own research on the matter. I think many people’s hearts are in the right place- especially when infographics tell you the situation is a parallel to the US’s civil rights movement, but having your heart in the right place is no substitution for actually reading up on the history of the conflict.