“How a pro-Palestinian Georgetown student became a Zionist”

The Accidental Zionist
by Gary C. Gambill
September 5, 2017

I was staunchly pro-Palestinian when I arrived at Georgetown University to begin studying for an MA in Arab Studies in the fall of 1995, or at least I thought so. I had read Thomas Friedman’s From Beirut to Jerusalem in college a few years earlier and accepted the basic conclusion that Israel’s unwillingness to compromise had become the primary obstacle to Middle East peace. If any place might have been expected to shepherd this eager young mind into accepting “progressive” orthodoxy on Israel, it would have been Georgetown’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS). There I received a solid grounding in post-colonial theory, revisionist historiography of Israel, and so forth. READ MORE

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