- 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?

Katherine Helmick

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.