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US should accept refugees with open arms

Kurdish refugees arrive in Yumurtalik, Turkey, fleeing the advances of Islamic State extremists on the north Syrian city of Kobani. The U.S. has a responsibility to help global refugees.
EMRY DINMAN | Evergreen columnist December 3, 2015

America must not idly watch as the outstretched hand of the Statue of Liberty, which Mother of Exiles originally designed in the image of Arabian peasants, falls worthless into the mire of New York Harbor....

Meeting violence with violence

A relative carries the body of 18-month-old Palestinian baby Ali Dawabsheh, who was killed after his family’s house was set on fire. Terrorist actions from both sides of the conflict are leading to unnecessary deaths.
BOGDAN (THEO) MYNKA | Evergreen columnist November 17, 2015
Conflict between Israel and Palestine grows as civilians continue to die in day-to-day incidents in Israel.It is no secret that Israel and Palestine have been in conflict for a while. One could even make the argument that the two nations have been quarrelling since biblical times. Be it religious views or land entitlement, the two nations have not found common ground in many arguments, and these arguments have caused acts of war and often almost war itself.Recently, the conflict has moved to a more personal level. Whereas before the governments would dispute issues and militias would take action, now civilians have taken this so-called ‘responsibility’ upon themselves, and some have created serious incidents, which take the whole issue to another level.Although conflict may be inevitable, it is no excuse for civilians to take action, and, more importantly, uninterrupted action.On Nov. 8, a Palestinian driver was shot dead by Israeli forces after ramming his car into a bus stop in the West Bank, injuring four people. In another incident, an Israeli settler attacked a rabbi peace activist who was volunteering to protect Palestinian farmers during the ongoing olive harvest season.Rabbi Asherman was assaulted after he confronted the settlers, who were “stealing olives and burning groves that belong to local villagers. After he confronted the settlers, one of them assaulted him with stones and a knife,” according to an article by Al Jazeera.The rabbi was not killed, but it is speculated that if he were not Jewish, the consequences could have been worse.The biggest problem in this conflict is the one-sidedness of the issue. Israel is receiving vast support from the United States and other western countries, whereas Palestine has only a handful of organizations striving to raise aid, awareness and support for the Palestinians.On a more general scale, the Israeli forces have “killed at least 77 Palestinians, including 46 who Israel says were carrying out or about to carry out attacks with knives, guns or cars,” according to an Al Jazeera article.On Nov. 9, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Barack Obama in Washington. They discussed possible progress with the Palestinians and how to stabilize the situation.The violence began when a number of Jewish settlers, backed up by Israeli security, stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque compound. The Israelites claim that, biblically, this was the territory of two destroyed Jewish temples.Whatever the reason behind the conflict may be, it is the responsibility of the governments to find a way – hopefully a peaceful one – to end the violence.So far, violence has been met with violence, and skunk gas and hundreds of Israeli riot police have not done much to solve the situation.Another grave problem is the light in which the U.S. views this conflict.Toward the end of October, a new bill was introduced to Congress, backed by 50 members “expressing solidarity with the people of Israel in the wake of recent terrorist attacks and condemning the Palestinian Authority for inciting an atmosphere of violence.”Additionally, Hillary Clinton composed an opinion piece in which she condemned the violence going on. However, she only listed Israeli casualties and victims, completely ignoring the hundreds of Palestinians who suffer from the conflict each day.“Young Palestinians do not go out to murder Jews because they are Jews, but because we are their occupiers, their torturers, their jailers, the thieves of their land and water, their exilers, the demolishers of their homes, the blockers of their horizon,” said Amira Haaz, correspondent of the occupied territories.This is not to say Palestine has no fault in this. It is evident there are two sides to a conflict, and obviously much of the blame lies on Palestine’s shoulders. The action that some Palestinian terrorist organizations have taken can in no way be justified, but their actions cannot define an entire nation.Bogdan (Theo) Mynka is a freshman studying music from Kharkiv, Ukraine. He can be contacted at 335-2290 or by opinion@dailyevergreen.com. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the staff of The Daily Evergreen or those of the Office of Student Media.

Recognize the importance of Veterans Day

Members of the military risk much more than their lives and should be remembered and thanked for their service. Fred Glover, 88, a veteran of the 9th Para Battalion, waits to watch a parachute jump just outside Rainville during D-Day commemorations on June 5, 2014 in Ranville, France.
PHILIP GROSSENBACHER | Evergreen columnist November 10, 2015

As you make plans for your Wednesday off, it is important to take a moment and observe why this day is set apart.Veterans Day, Nov. 11, formerly known as Armistice Day, takes place every year as “a celebration...

Multiculturalism in mental healthcare

Washington State University researchers use survey results to improve mental healthcare, specifically post-traumatic stress disorder care, for Native Americans.
ALYSEN BOSTON | Evergreen reporter February 11, 2015

Washington State University graduate students recently compiled the largest survey to date of the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on Native American veterans in order to provide more effective...

ISIL is the major threat

Code Pink for Peace members protest against U.S. military action in Iraq as Secretary of State John Kerry testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the United States strategy to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
Olivier Douliery | MCT Campus December 11, 2014

Code Pink for Peace members protest against U.S. military action in Iraq as Secretary of State John Kerry testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the United States strategy to defeat...

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