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Khalil discusses current violence in the Middle East with USA Today

May 20, 2021

USA Today

Osamah F. Khalil

The current violence between Israelis and Palestinians—due to multiple factors including political crises, threatened evictions of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem, and heightened religious sensitivities—is the deadliest seen in years. The events have prompted increased pressure on President Joe Biden to do more to resolve the conflict. Biden restored aid for Palestinian refugees that Trump cut, but the president has not otherwise devoted much attention to the issue, says Osamah Khalil, associate professor of history. "I don't think Biden wanted anything to do with this issue. He wanted to manage it, and by managing it meaning ignore it," Khalil says. "And now, here it is." Read more in the USA Today article, "'Every incendiary ingredient imaginable': Here's what sparked worst Mideast violence since 2014." 05/20/21

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