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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?

John Ryan Rodriguez

As an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to be a campus liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Though the community was heavily populated by pro-Israel individuals, the vast majority of folks were not against the Palestinian state. I shared the same sentiment. To know the Israeli-Palestinian issue, one has to know the actors and faiths that are involved. Meaning, it’s not just a black or white issue. Palestine is unique in that it is not formally seen as a sovereign state by the whole world, has boundaries split by an acknowledged nation, and is led by a split type of national leadership that does not govern the same. The better-known leadership of the Palestinian people is controlled by a terrorist organization called Hamas. Unfortunately, this is not known enough for people to see Palestine as not an opponent of Israel. Rather, it’s a community that needs the support of the only non-Arab state in the region.