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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?

Sarah Brooks

Once I returned home from Israel, I shared a post on my story sharing my support for the state of Israel, and, I was messaged by two of my friends who are Palestinian, claiming that I do not support them or their families if I supported the Jewish people’s right to a safe and, secure home. At that point, I was just so new to the conflict that I was unsure how to respond to this statement. Although I knew in my heart that I had nothing but love for both sides. Taking this course did open up my eyes to the subconscious bias and ties that I have to lean more towards the right of the Jewish state. If someone were to ask me before why I supported Israel, I don’t believe I would have given them a straight-up answer. However, if someone were to ask me today, I could tell them Yes, I support the right for the Jewish people’s claim to Israel because of the long history my God and faith have with the Jewish people, but that does not mean that I don’t also support and love the Palestinians and their right to be safe and have a land they can prosper in.