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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?

Collin Bastian

Hi Hunter,

I agree with a lot of the strategy you laid out here! A two-state solution seems like the right call. If the interlocutor thinks that such a solution necessitates not supporting Palestine, then we must ask ourselves whether their support for Palestine, in their mind, precludes support for Israel? It would seem to be the case. It would then be necessary to pin them down on why exactly they think the Israeli state ought not exist. Having compassion is key not only for having a difficult conversation, but also for deriving a solution. If we cannot have compassion for both sides, then we should rethink our involvement in the conflict.