Teen Activism - Israel/Palestine Conflict
by Akosua Baah
On October 7th, Hamas, the military party that leads Palestine, launched an attack on Israel, killing nearly 1,200 citizens and taking dozens hostage. Israeli leaders vowed to inflict an “unprecedented price” on Hamas following the assault and carried out continued bombings and air raids along the Gaza Strip. The United States and Israel have been allies since March of 1949, which is, in part, why US officials were quick to provide Israeli forces with aid and resources following the attack. Later on, the White House sent out a statement in support of Israel’s retaliation, stating that the country had a right to defend itself against foreign threats. Before 2023, Israel and Palestine were in conflict for nearly a century, after the English split Palestine into a Muslim and Jewish state.
Brands included in the #FreePalestine boycotts
Gigi Hadid’s statement via Instagram in support of Palestine
In little more than a month, millions have learned to navigate the intricacies of a conflict that has lasted for more than eighty years and voice their opinions on said conflict to enact change. For many Americans, the events have also prompted deep discussions on instances of modern colonialism and the United States’ occupation of Vietnam, Hawaii, and Afghanistan. People of all ages have begun to question their part in the continued oppression of colonized people. Additionally, overwhelming support for Palestine has prompted those from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan to speak out about the humanitarian crises within their own countries.