Gen Z on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Palestinian mourners carrying a man killed during a protest near the Israeli-Gaza border during his funeral in Gaza City / Courtesy Said Khatib/AFP (Flickr)

Sarah Mehanna, 20

“I’m definitely pro-Palestinian as opposed to pro-Israeli. I attribute this stance partially due to my Palestinian heritage, which although is not my main ethnicity (I’m 1/4 Palestinian), plays a large part in my identity.”

Jacob Steinberg, 19

“I believe that the only equitable solution is a binational, united state, with equal representation and rights of return for both Jewish and Palestinian people. This will make people on both sides unhappy, but it is the only solution which guarantees safety for Palestinians and Jews, and it is the only solution which guarantees that Palestinians and Jews will have access to the entirety of their homeland.”

Woman, 23

Requested name anonymity due to high professional risk

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) paratroopers in Gaza to stop Hamas from harming Israeli citizens / Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Shira Wiezel, 21

“I was born and raised in Israel. I’d love to visit Gaza!”

Map showing ‘Palestinian Loss of Land’ and Israeli territorial gains from 1946–2010 / Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Steven Breiter, 23

“While I identify as a Jewish American and have many friends who live in Israel, I try to be a strong advocate for the state of Israel.”

Lena Shaheen, 18

“I personally am Pro-Palestinian based on the fact that the Israeli government is an apartheid system with the Palestinians being treated as second class citizens. I also hold this stance due to the many human rights abuses that the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] is responsible for.”

Noah Hertzman, 18

“I see my stance as very centrist, in that I haven’t talked to anyone yet that hasn’t managed to hate my point of view.”

Netanyahu with former U.S. President Donald Trump / Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Omer Wetzer, 20

“I was born in Israel. Growing up as an Israeli Jew of both Ashkenazi and Mizrahi families . My grandparents on one side are Arab Jews who fled Yemen and arrived to the state of Israel, which was at the time called Palestine. From my other side they were Jews who fled the Alhambra Decree and went through Turkey as well as the holocaust and reached Israel after WWII.”

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