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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?

Justin Roy

I sometimes wonder if the simplistic understanding is a product of a general polarization on this issue. It feels like the American left and right have an increasingly simplistic and disparate understanding of the situation based upon ideological soundbites. However, the problem might also be trying to inculcate a basic understanding of a complex issue among people who are generally removed from it. While working in Greece with refugees, many Afghans wondered why it took them so long to be processed by the Greek authorities. However, the Greek government had only a handful of legally trained officials who could speak Faris and process immigration paperwork. Worse, the EU was very slow in offering legal support via trained lawyers. While the Greek government and the EU could have done a much better job, part of the problem of the logistical challenges was beyond the comprehension of the average refugee and, worse, not explained to them. In this situation, people were directly affected by these problems they did not understand and they still failed to grasp the situation. What about someone who lives in Alaska and goes about their daily life without ever setting foot outside the US?