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The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

Scot Scoop News

The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

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Voices of the people: Teen views on Israel-Hamas conflict

After the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas on Israel, Israelis and Palestinians alike are mourning casualties in the complex, nuanced conflict. The repercussions of this regional war have resonated globally, triggering widespread protests in the Arab world and the West.

The conflict has ignited a resurgence in political activism, accompanied by fervent anti-Islamic and antisemitic sentiments on a global scale. College campuses have become battlegrounds for waves of protests supporting both Israel and Palestine, resulting in increased tensions, counter-protests, and, in numerous instances, violence.

These demonstrations have highlighted the impact of the regional conflict on younger generations. As a result, Carlmont High School’s diverse student population has been significantly affected by the war, sparking discussions about the root causes, consequences, and potential solutions for the conflict.

As additional details emerge regarding the conflict, it becomes crucial to acknowledge the diverse range of perspectives. Marcus Oettinger and Mirella Odesskiy provide insights into the geopolitical nuances of the conflict, emphasizing international reactions. Simultaneously, student-activist Serene Nofal offers perspectives on the Palestinian cause and underscores the lengthy history of conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Currently, the Biden administration has urged a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and committed billions in support to Israel, along with providing millions in aid to Gaza. This conflict has taken center stage in the American foreign policy agenda and is anticipated to be a focal point of discussion in the upcoming primaries and the 2024 elections.

The New York Times recently reported that Israel had received documented evidence of a planned Hamas attack a year earlier, dismissing it as an “ambitious” plan. Egypt had issued warnings weeks before the attack, which were also ignored. Just days before Oct. 7, U.S. intelligence notified Israel of a security threat, but Israel did not take action. Many were surprised that Mossad, Israel’s intelligence system and one of the most powerful in the world, dismissed multiple clear warnings.

It is crucial to recognize that the conflict has not ended and is impacting people’s lives on both sides. The Israel-Hamas conflict should not be viewed as a religious conflict, and the spread of hate, Islamophobia, and antisemitism stemming from it is unacceptable. Scot Scoop urges you to conduct thorough research on this topic, engage in discussions with friends and family, and remain open to understanding the diverse perspectives that accompany this nuanced conflict. 

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About the Contributors
Inaaya Omer, Highlander Managing Editor
Inaaya Omer is a senior at Carlmont High School and has worked on ScotScoop, Scotcenter, and Highlander as a staff writer, podcast producer, and managing editor. She enjoys being part of the program because of the valuable experiences and interactions with the community. She also attended the School of New York Times to improve her editing skills. Outside of journalism, she plays for Carlmont’s Varsity Basketball Team and is involved in events and activities to show her school spirit. Twitter: @inaayaomer  
Jasneh Sasan, Staff Writer
Jasneh Sasan is presently in her senior year at Carlmont, where she excels as a news and opinion writer with a fervent passion for delving into the realm of politics. Controversial subjects invigorate her and provide the driving force for her pursuits. Beyond her academic commitments, she dedicates a significant portion of her time to engaging in debate competitions and actively participating in journalistic endeavors. Her writing inclination leans towards exploring profound global socio-political matters, but from time to time, she also explores more lighthearted and amusing topics. Twitter: @JasnehSasan Instagram: @jk.sasan (main) and @jasneh.sasan (journalism)
Nicholas Lee, Staff Writer
Nicholas Lee (Class of 2025) is a junior at Carlmont High School and a vice president of Carlmont's Interact Club. He is currently in his second year of the journalism program. He is working towards getting to know the many individual stories in the Bay Area and what makes them interesting. In his time off, he is often seen reading, running, editing videos, hanging out with friends, and playing the guitar. To view his portfolio, you can click here.

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