Overcoming distance and fragmentation, a new generation of diaspora Palestinians is dismantling Israel's monopoly over the U.S. conversation.
The Morningside Post
One would think that Israel’s barbaric occupation, state-sponsored ethnic cleansing, and deepening apartheid identity, along with the IDF’s blatant war crimes in Gaza would evoke shame, or at the very least prompt some introspection among supporters of Israel. But no, their indifference towards Palestinian suffering appears endless. Although their voices are receding as the narrative slowly shifts and the world increasingly calls out Israeli brutality, some continue to obstinately defend Israel’s war crimes.
The Morningside Post
Many professors at SIPA brand themselves as champions of progressive issues, and being at the helm of such a prestigious program, they are in a position to guide and mentor the next generation of leaders and policymakers. However, far too many leave their progressive convictions at the door when it comes to Israel’s crimes against Palestinians.
The Carnegie Council
For decades, discourse surrounding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has centered on the theory of separation as the principal means of achieving sustainable peace. However, in the face of the innumerable obstacles posed by the situation on the ground and growing doubt that an independent Palestinian state would adequately address the interests of young Palestinians, perhaps separation does not represent a solution after all.
After undergoing such a thorough, systematic process of fragmentation through occupation and expulsion, the question is whether a unified Palestinian platform can even be identified and maintained in the face of inevitably severe Israeli repression. Will Palestinians prove capable of overcoming the countless physical and political boundaries that have been constructed at their every turn? Will the oppressed become oppressors themselves? Or will they be forced to fade into silent suffering in the shadow of history, as have so many as the world complacently accepts another casualty of settler-colonialism’s unchallenged brutality?
While sectarian violence represents a central driving factor behind violence in the Middle East, the oversimplification of seemingly inevitably differences have only exacerbated conflicts. In actuality, analyzing contemporary context is much more relevant to understanding the current state of Middle Eastern politics than archaic theological disputes. At the end of the day, the violence that we see today is much less about deeply-rooted, irreconcilable theological differences, but rather externally-influenced political power struggles from beginning to end.
In our haste to combat extremism throughout the Middle East, we repeatedly ignore the very roots of violence. As long as the Middle East's youth are ignored and silenced, our counterterrorism tactics will continue to fail to stem the growth of terrorism, further aggravating the issue by causing destruction and instability, and resulting in a violent game of whack-a-mole.