5780 Shades of Gray

The oppressed and the oppressor, the underdog and the upper dog; in 2019 we live in a fabricated dichotomy.

The Palestinians are oppressed therefore the Israelis are their oppressors, which in result means all Zionists are racist.

These are the types of ignorant conclusions that are made today.

However, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a black and white issue. And a Jew who believes in this dichotomy and is in result anti-Zionist is not woke, but simply ignorant.

You can be a Pro-Israel Zionist and want to help the oppressed Palestinians, but viewing all Israelis as white supremacists and all Palestinians as destitute does a great disservice to both sides.

Viewing life in the dichotomy of right and wrong, oppressor and oppressed, and black and white doesn’t allow you to truly see the realities of life.

This dichotomy is especially troubling when it is applied to the conflict, being Pro-Palestine should not equate being anti-Zionist and vise versa, however, that is how it is interpreted today.

The reality is, these concepts are not mutually exclusive. Recognizing the Israeli and Palestinian connections to the land are vital, and when you ignore either that becomes problematic.

Being uneducated about the true conflict doesn’t mean you are woke, it simply means you are uneducated.

As StandWithUs preaches “education is the road to peace” therefore whether or not you believe the Israelis are at wrong or the Palestinians are at wrong, go and educate yourself and learn multiple narratives surrounding the conflict.

The conflict is not black and white, it is at least 5,780 shades of gray.

About the Author
Chloe Levian is a Jewish student leader at UCLA. She is the President of Bruins for Israel, the Campus Communications Coordinator for BIPAC, and on the Y&S Nazarian Israel Center Student Advisory Council. She is also the StandWithUs Alumni Network Liaison, a Hasbara Fellow, a Ronald S. Lauder Fellow, and a proud member of Iranian American Jews for Racial Justice. Chloe is passionate about Israel advocacy, combating antisemitism, and social justice.
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