St. John's University
The Intriguing Humanity in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
I sat in the ornate home of my teammate’s mom, an established Palestinian surgeon, when she said, “I wish someone had killed them all.” I just finished asking this woman how the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict impacted her life, and was shocked at this response. My drive to ask her this question stemmed months prior when introduced to the Public Forum debate resolution: “Resolved: The United States should push Israel towards a two-state solution.” My research, however, did not begin with this Palestinian surgeon.
As usual with a new debate topic, I began scouring the internet for research studies, accredited news sources, and history lessons to feed my interest. These types of sources were what I needed to win debates. My research gave me detailed statistics on death tolls, a water crisis, and a multitude of tragedies that this conflict had caused. No longer could I become “lost” in the topic, as it proves hard to become entranced with sadness. Instead, I completed my last debate tournament of the month with the Israeli-Palestinian resolution and decided to continue to gain knowledge and perspective past the initial constraints of my debate topic. I pursued the very stories of the people residing behind every statistic, as the...
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