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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?

Monica Kellogg

Supporting Israel and Palestine does not have to be exclusive. I support Israel’s right to exist as a nation. I also support Palestine’s right to separate nation. (How the establishment and stability of both can happen, is a difficult issue to solve.) I do not, however, support organizations, regardless of their members’ ethnicity or religion, whose objective is to destroy Israel or any other people, for the sake of hate.
Both Israelis and Palestinians have been exiled from this land at one point, both peoples have returned and now are forced to live within the same geographic region, roughly between the Mediterranean Sea to the West, the Jordan River to the East, Lebanon to the North and Egypt to the South. Attempts have been made to appease the conflicting situation of two nations sharing the same land. It has not worked.
Political and terrorist organizations instill antagonistic views and disseminate false propaganda for avaricious agendas. The right for both Israeli and Palestinian people to exist, is thus overcast by the “political tension—which says that if Israel is here the Palestinians must be absent, and that if the Palestinians are here then Israel must be absent” (Mahmoud Darwish).
As Christians, our desire and hope is for ALL peoples to seek and accept citizenship in the Kingdom of God. Neighborly love, including clear boundaries should portray that desire, for the Glory of God. As Benito Juarez, Mexican patriot, said, “Respect of other people’s rights is peace.”