An Eye from Both Sides

Jewish, Palestinian, and now American tensions evolving over time

Sydney Cayo, Design Editor

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From the perspective of the outside looking in, it’s been proven more difficult for Americans compared to other nationalities to sympathize with what it’s like living in a less than fortunate part of the world. While Americans are influenced from a young age to recognize and appreciate the privileges being an American comes with, it’s often commonplace to dismiss issues the billions living in the areas who don’t share these privileges are faced with. The seemingly terminal conflict in Israel is one big example.

From 1896 to the end of the second world war, the number of Jews living in the land that was Palestine at the time increased by the thousands. The majority of this mass was made of those liberated from the war.

However, those who were already inhabiting that land had a different perspective on what was happening, with words like ‘European Colonialism’ being thrown around. From the point of view of the Palestinian people, having poor outlets of information sources, the people as a whole were under the impression that the mass of Jewish Civilians were part of a developing movement by Europeans to flood their land with New World Western values. However, the flipside is that Jewish folks were trying to return home from the concentration camps they’d survived through only to find out those places no longer exist.

The war that occurred in 1948 between Israel -the country that became official at a European UN meeting- and the Palestinian militias left an even bigger refugee crisis as an effect, but it wasn’t the Jews this time. To this date, there are more than 700,000 displaced Palestinians in the area.

America’s relationship with Palestinians will soon change as the Trump administration has pledged to cut over $200 million in foreign aid at the end of this fiscal year, which is September 30. Official statements from the White House conclude that this money will be funneled into other unspecified priorities.

Tension between the Trump Administration and the Palestinian government was seeded upon Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This notion sparked backlash from protesters who see the city as the future Palestinian State capital, a goal that can’t be reached with a bargain.

After Trump’s recognition, communication between government officials and Palestinian authority was ceased.

There are many things in the foreseeable future for the Palestinian people. Will the martyr of this change be the bad blood between our two nations?

More importantly, what effects will this loss in funding reek on the remaining Palestinian families? Only time will tell.