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Inside the VaticanMay 09, 2024
Student protesters sit in front of a tent during the Pro-Palestinian protest at the Columbia University campus in New York, Monday April 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)

The war in the Holy Land saw a major escalation this week as Israeli forces took the Rafah crossing and began a ground incursion into the city where an estimated 1.4 million Palestinians have taken refuge. Meanwhile, protests against the war on university campuses have led to more than 2,000 arrests, as the movement spreads to universities abroad.

In the midst of all this, Pope Francis has urged a ceasefire and peace negotiations. But is it really possible? Where can peace begin?

This week on “Inside the Vatican,” David Neuhaus, S.J., an Israeli priest who teaches Scripture in Israel and Palestine, joins hosts Colleen Dulle and Gerard O’Connell for a conversation on what he believes can bring peace in the Holy Land war. He reflects on how Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs can engage in dialogue without dismissing each other’s painful histories, and emphasizes the need for sensitive language when addressing each other’s traumatic histories.

“Antisemitism is real. There’s a history to it; people feel threatened,” David says. “But there’s also a lot of manipulation. And not every expression of support for the Palestinian people can be then condemned as antisemitism,” he adds. “This is a very dangerous game.” 


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