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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?

Christiana Gellert

The current nature of black and white tribal politics in the USA currently implies that supporting Israel prevents supporting Palestinians too, no? When I was a bit younger, before I understood my faith beyond a superficial level, I had no sympathy for the Palestinians. Later, I began to understand that they are a people made in the image and likeness of God, as we all are. They deserve the same rights and dignity as any other people so created. This shift began when I had a long conversation with a few Lebanese nationals in my area for academic reasons. They calmly and eloquently explained the harm done to their country and families (and others, including Palestine) by Israel- not in a big picture objective way, but narratives of what happened to their own and friends’ families as a result of Israeli action. Despite my clear Israel bias, they answered my questions in level tones and humbly- with way more grace than I myself had. Really got some gears turning for me.