We are human. It is our duty to treat each other as such and uphold humanity to certain moral standards. Right now in the Gaza conflict both Israel and Hamas are committing crimes against those standards. Perhaps the biggest crimes of all are the restriction of belief and the systematic execution of those accused of espionage, not those proven of espionage.
Someone told me the other day that what is happening in Gaza is just a “distraction” for what is really going on in the world. I wonder what, in their mind, counts as real. The Gaza strip is a very tiny piece of land, but the conflict around it affects us all. The way that we think and feel about Gaza points to a larger truth about how we think and feel about oppression, and what we are willing to do to make a change.
One night while taking a break from excavating and researching in Israel, a group of VCU students were outside when they saw what appeared to be flares go straight into the sky. When those flares began to curve in their direction and a teacher ordered for them to run inside, senior religious studies and psychology major Zavi Harman ran for safety with the others.
VCU students showed their solidarity with Palestine on Monday, asking for an end to the countries conflict with Israel via protest signs.