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Conflict and Conversation on Social Media Through the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

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conversation bubbles. "Conversation" by raiznext is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Keren Goor ’23

"Conversation" by raiznext is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Keren Goor was a 2021-22 Hackworth Fellow with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Views are her own.

College is a time when young adults shape their ideologies and opinions that might stick with them throughout their lifetime. As an Israeli student at Santa Clara University, I was troubled by the conversations occurring online during the most recent major escalation between Israelis and Palestinians, Operation Protective Edge, in May 2021. For my Hackworth Fellowship project, I decided to speak to an Israeli student, a Palestinian student, a social media influencer, and a professor who teaches politics in the Middle East, since people in their positions are viewed by college students as the four most credible sources of information and knowledge about the conflict. I asked them all, do Israeli and Palestinian students have a duty to post and share information on social media? And, what (if anything) should non-Israeli or non-Palestinian students do in order to be involved in a constructive way? Below are four podcasts with selections from our conversations. In the final two podcasts I explore the common points that were brought up, and ultimately ask, how can we as social media users, use and have conversations on social media platforms in times of conflict in a way that is useful, productive, safe, and ethical? 



Sep 13, 2022
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics · Conflict and Conversation on Social Media: Speaking with an Israeli Student
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics · Conflict and Conversation on Social Media: Speaking with a Palestinian Student
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics · Conflict and Conversation on Social Media: Speaking with a Social Media Influencer
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics · Conflict and Conversation on Social Media: Speaking with a Professor for Politics in the Middle East
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics · Conflict and Conversation on Social Media: Ethical Implications for Israelis and Palestinians
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics · Conflict and Conversation on Social Media: Ethical Implications for Non-Israeli nor Palestinian

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