The more complicated issue in Israel

By: Alex Hale ~Staff Writer~ Over Christmas break, I had the great privilege of spending two weeks in Israel to study. While we were over there, a lot of news came about the United Nations stating that Israel had no right to continue settling in Palestinian territory in the West Bank. United States Secretary of State John Kerry even came out and said that if Israel rejects the two state solution, it can “be either Jewish or democratic,” not both. This resulted in a strong response from Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu against the actions of the UN and the … Continue reading The more complicated issue in Israel

Is Xavier protecting community or just avoiding controversy?

There are few issues as contentions and controversial as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. People’s emotions can sometimes get in the way of having civil discussions about it. It is still, however, important to discuss the conflict that the U.S. is so heavily involved in. Xavier University prides itself on being committed to social justice, inquiry, and involvement in communities of marginalized and oppressed people. However, when students try to bring awareness and start a dialogue on campus about potentially controversial issues, these ideals are set aside. My friend Zach Moeller and myself started a student organization this year called Students for … Continue reading Is Xavier protecting community or just avoiding controversy?