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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?

Katherine Helmick

I never realized until now that the polarization over the Israel-Palestine conflict stems in part from a bad bully/sympathetic victim dichotomy. It’s understandable, but still a shame that Westerners would revert to imposing frameworks from our history (e.g., civil rights) on a conflict that has both much deeper, ancient roots and also much more recent, 19th/20th century era catalysts. I’m afraid this approach to the Middle East obscures the subtleties of the situation and makes it more difficult to find a solution.