In the commentary “Israeli-Palestinian feud not so ancient,” published on South Coast Today, graduate student Robert Souza writes about “a common misconception that the Arab-Israeli conflict is an ancient, religious dispute that has always been inherent in the region.”

He says that “Jews were able to flourish in the Middle East at times when they were aggressively persecuted in Europe” and describes the 19th and 20th century events that he argues gave rise to today’s enmity.

"There is no justification for any of the senseless acts of violence committed by Palestinians, but it is of great importance to understand what drove them to this point. It is essential to understand that Palestinians, in essence, live an oppressive life under Israeli occupation,” writes Souza, who is studying international relations with a focus on the Middle East.

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