Understanding Individuals in The Israeli Palestinian Conflict




The Israel-Palestinian conflict has been ongoing for decades destroying Palestinian communities, oppressing their people, and occupying their land. Generations of Palestinians have been raised under brutal Israeli oppression and even more have only lived in refugee. Jessica Winegar, editor of Human Rights Forum and the AN column of the AAA, writes about a Palestinian lawyer who’s son was abducted from his bed in a refugee camp for supposedly throwing a rock at an Israeli soldier and helping create a whole in the Separation Wall. She accounts his story of being taken by twenty armed men and spending days in prison being tortured and interrogated. By analyzing the conflict through an anthropological lens and realizing the differences in culture and origins of the two peoples, one can more easily understand the political thoughts of both parties. This view gives insight into the effects the war has had on the individuals and their cultures alluding to why the Palestinians continue to fight outnumbered. Winegar later reveals in her editorial that the Palestinian son had known only the refugee camp as home and 24 years earlier his father had been thrown into that same prison for similar petty crimes. It was the culture and society the boy had grown up in that shaped his social and political ideologies. With this grassroots knowledge outside powers can take a more holistic approach when trying to invoke peace in the area understanding the individual social reasons for the war and not only the broad national ones.