February 10, 2015

Max Carter, Jonathan Malino Reflect on Narratives of Israel, Palestine

Faculty members Max Carter and Jonathan Malino wrote a column, “More than two stories in Israel, Palestine,” about their three-week January Term course in the Middle East.

“Over our three weeks in the region, spending equal time among Jewish Israelis and Palestinians, we heard from a leading opponent of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and from one of BDS’ founders,” they wrote in the column published in the Greensboro News & Record Feb. 8. “We talked with an Israeli soldier who fought in last summer’s Gaza War and with an Israeli who chose prison rather than serve in the military. We met with a leading Israeli peace negotiator and his Palestinian counterpart. We visited Jewish, Muslim and Christian historical and religious sites and attended worship services of each.

“We learned that there are far more than two competing narratives and that each is deeply embedded in sacred memory, selective readings of history, concerns for security and justice, and the unfortunate truth of the oft-heard saying that Palestinians and Israelis can’t let go of their hope for a better past.”

Max is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies; Jonathan is a professor of philosophy and the Weissenfluh Professor of Ethics and Religion.