Students Voice Opinions on War in Gaza

Rabbi David Teva Leipziger, director of religious and spiritual life and University Jewish Chaplain, leads an open discussion about the war in Gaza Feb. 4 in Olin Library's Devlin Room. About 40 students attended the event.

Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, director of religious and spiritual life and University Jewish Chaplain, leads an open discussion about the war in Gaza Feb. 4 in Olin Library's Devlin Room. About 40 students attended the event. They were encouraged to speak about the latest chapter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Yudhiakto Pramudya, a graduate student in physics, speaks during the lunch-time talk. All attendees were given two minutes to talk.

Yudhiakto Pramudya, a graduate student in physics, says it is difficult and complicated to offer an opinion on the war because he is Muslim. In his home country of Indonesia, he says, the majority of Muslims agree that the best way to act is to help the victim.

Ben Sachs-Hamilton '09 . Taiki Sawabe '12, pictured in the background, listens to Sachs-Hamilton speak.

Ben Sachs-Hamilton '09 says, as a Jew, his complicated connection to the state of Israel was even more strained by what he saw as the "deeply misguided policies pursued by the Israeli government in the recent violence in Gaza." Taiki Sawabe '12, pictured in the background, listens to Sachs-Hamilton speak.

At left, Jenny Lo '10 talks about how her semester studying abroad altered her view on the Gaza war, while Melina Aguilar '10 looks on.

At left, Jenny Lo '10 talks about how her semester studying abroad altered her view on the Gaza war, while Melina Aguilar '10 looks on.

Marwa Aly, University Muslim Chaplain, shares a story during the talk on Gaza. The event was sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Interfaith Justice League. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

Marwa Aly, University Muslim Chaplain, shares a story during the talk on Gaza. The event was sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Interfaith Justice League. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)