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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?


Certainly. I have heard the opposite as well. In June of 2021 I was in FL on Sanibel Island with two friends. While walking the beach we ran into a group of students, strangers to us, and starting chatting. One of the girls had a necklace with something written in Arabic on it. My friend spoke Arabic and had just recently visited Israel, so he asked if she had even been to Israel. She replied, “No. and it’s all Palestine to me. There is no Israel.”

I’ve heard this type of reply from many Christians in the US, but this was the first I had heard the opposite reply. It was jarring. But it was good for me to hear. I imagine those on the other side of the conflict feel just as taken aback when American Christians completely deny Palestine and refuse to try to empathize with their situation.

In my experience the best way to reply to someone responding with false accusations like this is to ask questions. You can’t change someone’s mind until you understand why they believe what they believe.