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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?

Maggie Tynan

While I have not been told this personally, the larger narrative around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems to push this message. After taking this course, I realized how little I truly knew about the conflict, and how much I still have to learn. But it also has shed light on how little most people know about the conflict. It is easy to throw out a line such as “supporting Israel prevents you from supporting Palestine”, but it is much harder to know what it even meant by supporting Israel vs. supporting Palestine. One thing that I loved about this course was the emphasis on the humanity of both groups. It showed that part of truly supporting Israel is actually supporting all the people in the near East. It means knowing that the hope from the beginnings was for both the Jewish state and the Arab state to share the land. I support Israel, and believe the Jews deserve a state where they can be free, but this does not mean that I am anti- Palestine, but rather that I have a greater hope for both nations.