This semester I attended an event on campus regarding one of the most important political issues of our times: The Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Huskies for Israel brought two speakers who had both worked together at an environmental research organization in a rural part of Israel. The organization hopes to bring people together for the common good of protecting the environment for future generations. We will all be effected negatively if the degradation of the natural world continues. One speaker was a Palestinian man, while the other was an Israeli woman. They both came from such different backgrounds, but they both agreed that Israelis and Palestinians are widely segregated from each other, and there is limited positive interaction. Both of them were isolated in their own ethnic groups growing up, and they emphasized how strange it was to people around them that they wanted to work at the institute. They told incredible and moving stories about their lives in the conflict ridden region. The Palestinian man talked about his relationship with religion growing up, and the way he had become the more secular person he was today. He talked about his friend’s warnings that he would be pacified by the Israelis if he went to the environmental institute. The Israeli woman talked about what it meant to protest the government in the current political climate, and how people were oftentimes extremely aggressive towards people who spoke out publically. It was interesting that the experience at the institute had made the Israeli woman more liberal, and the Palestinian man more centrist in his ideas about the conflict. She had become more critical of Israeli policy and he had become less hating of Israeli people as a whole. Both of these people agreed that while the institute did a lot of good for the people who came there, it was not easily accessible to many others. Its reach is not far enough to affect the entire region. I left the meeting extremely impacted by what these people had said. I consider myself to be very pro-Palestinian, and it was very heartening to hear the perspective of a liberal Israeli like this woman, who had so many insights to add to the conversation. Before this event, I had only heard the perspectives of Jews living in the United States. Living in the region itself is very different. It was also interesting to hear from a secular Palestinian, since people have largely generalized the population as all Muslim fundamentalists like Hamas. The “Huskies for Israel students in the room seemed to want assurance from Mohammad, the Palestinian, that he now understood that his was wrong to hate Israelis. I admired the diplomatic way he responded by telling them that Israel was its own worst enemy.