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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?

Angela Lingg

While I haven’t been told that in as many words, being pro-Israel or being pro-Palestine is often lumped together with being Republican or being Democrat (probably not a centrist Democrat, but a further left Democrat). As with everything related to partisan politics, it is a detriment to the U.S.’s involvement in Israel and Palestine to make support of one nation or the other a Republican or Democrat issue. This will lead to even greater instability in the region as American political parties gain and lose power. The goal of every good policy maker should be a fair outcome that results in peace and political stability for both nations. Regardless of whether someone is a Republican or Democrat, we should desire peace in the region and respect between the two groups. Understanding the greater Arab world’s role in the conflict helps me recognize that Palestine is often just as much a victim in the attacks and killings as the Jews. The Arab world is fighting a proxy battle through the Palestinians. Being pro-Palestinian doesn’t mean kicking the Jews out of Israel, but freeing the Palestinians from the Arab extremists that are preying on the region to inflict their hatred on the Jews. The Palestinians suffer for many crimes they did not commit.