Jan 30, 2018 By Megha Karthikeyan Category: Education,
'No easy answer' to Israel complexities: A young first-timer's reflections
Another realization I had was that the governments on both sides were the ones making the decisions, so it isn’t necessarily the case that individual Israelis and Palestinians hated each other or didn't want two states. That was a correction many of us in the program had to make when we spoke about the conflict, because when we discussed the policy issues and referred to "Israelis" and "Palestinians," we didn’t want to attribute government actions to what the people felt or wanted.
Going to Israel got me thinking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in many ways and I’m glad I got to experience the country firsthand. I also learned that there is more to Israel than just the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, like Ethiopian immigration policy, the importance of the Kinneret, diverse ethnic groups like the Druze and Bedouins, and what an Israeli college is like. I am so grateful to Jewish National Fund and its sponsors for providing me this amazing opportunity to go to Israel!
Megha is an Indian-American second-year year student studying economics at the University of Virginia. She serves on the Academic Affairs Committee for Student Council and is a photographer for her student newspaper, the Cavalier Daily.