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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?

Jonathan Nolasco

Amanda, you bring up a good example about how support for Israel leads some to conclude that this means support for the death of civilians. I think this example illustrates the importance of having a more sophisticated ethical engagement with war and international conflict. There is a powerful emotional effect when one sees pictures of Palestinian injuries and deaths as a result of the war. I can understand why someone would question why someone would support a State that seems responsible for those deaths. Yet this misses the various reasons why Israel is engaging in warfare in the first place, why it has led to civilian casualties, and who shares the ultimate responsibility for them. Asking these kinds of questions can help us have more thoughtful engagement with what can feel like difficult conversations.