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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?

#2291
Katherine Helmick
Participant

That question – “Does Isreal have more of a right to the land than the Palestinians?” – has made me wonder about the principles behind land ownership and national sovereignty. How do we decide who has a right to the land in general? If we say Israel has a right to the land because it’s their historic homeland, what would result from applying that principle more broadly? At what point does someone’s right expire – and at what point do the Israelis currently living on the land outweigh the claims of the Palestines who lived there a hundred years ago? It seems a difficult problem to resolve in the abstract.