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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?

Carrie Coffman

Dylan, I think this is a spot-on summary of what has happened with this conflict and with so many external issues that are brought into the U.S. It’s easy for us to “westernize” the conflict and boil it all down to two opposing sides – if you support one, you must reject the other. Few things are as simple as that, and I do think you’re correct that much of the conflict has been oversimplified in the name of choosing a side and conforming that position to fit with what already exists in U.S. politics. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has many levels of significance that far too few people desire to truly understand before taking a position.