- Pathfinder

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?

#2199
John Ryan Rodriguez
Participant

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.